Runs for 53 weeks from the 1st of January 2007 to the 31st of December 2007
Starts 11:00 AM at Lanterns Garden in Falmouth
In less than an acre of shrubs, bulbs, herbaceous perennials and greenhouse plants, Lanterns really does squeeze everything a horticultural-enthusiast could dream of finding in such a tiny estuary garden. Small is beautiful. Or in the case of Lanterns, small is simply stunning. Not just for its kaleidoscope of colour, but also because you can't fail to be stunned at just how much this intimate garden has to offer in a small space. Since planting begun here in 1966, it has developed to include rare and unusual shrubs that sprout around a picturesque stream running through the garden on its way to the tranquil Restronguet Creek. Potter around this minute plantsman's plot and you will find a diverse range of plant species and varieties flourishing in both its waterside and dry areas. Tender plants such as the Salvias Elegans (Scarlett Pineapple) thrive alongside rare alpine varieties such as the Soldanella Villosa, making this a horticultural hotspot worthy of a look by the most curious members of the plant brigade. Much of the stock is propagated in either the two heated greenhouses or the conservatory, which have been responsible for providing more intensive cultivation environments. The creator of this natural working garden was Mrs Chapman, and her daughter can now be found on site for those of you wanting a natter about all things green. Tiny it might be, but don't let this be a reason to leave your four-legged companions at home. Not only is this a dog friendly garden, but if you follow the stream to Restronguet Creek you can head out on some beautiful creek-side walks and find yourself quenching your thirst at the waterside Pandora Inn.
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