Bonython Manor is a 17th century Georgian Manor on the Lizard peninsula. with sweeping lawns in front and a view to the sea at Poldhu Cove, a mile away. Bonython Manor has a 20-acre colour garden. There is a sweeping drive with hydrangeas and specimen trees leading up to the Georgian Manor (not open to the public), a herbaceous walled garden, a potager with vegetables and flowers, three lakes in a wooded valley planted with ornamental grasses, perennials and South African flowers. The farm and woodlands of the Bonython Estate surround the gardens.
The surname of Bonython is apparently one of the most ancient and aristocratic in the county of Cornwall. Records which tell us that they were in possession of the Bonython Manor continuously from the 14th century to the beginning of the 18th century. The pronunciation of the name is made by accenting the second syllable and rhyming it with "python", as "Bo-ny'-thon". It means a furzy abode.
The manor gardens date from the 1840's when its grounds were considered a model estate. They lay abandoned for 150 years until the present owners began a transformation in 1999 after purchasing the estate.
The garden has been extensively redesigned, the formal walled garden divided into herbaceous borders and a kitchen garden.The valley with the three lakes has been planted with ornamental grasses, perennials, tree ferns and rhododendrons. Much of the recent planting has an African theme, including Wild Grasses, Restios, Proteas, Cannas, Tree Ferns and many Summer Perennials making Bonython particularly strong in summer. Mrs Nathan is South African and much of the planting has an African theme
More than 15,000 deciduous hardwoods have been planted to replace the original shelter belts for the garden, planted two hundred years ago.
The walled garden is divided into two areas. The pool area, which has the herbaceous borders and steps lead through an Escalonia hedge down into the Potager. This area grows the picking flowers for the Manor and t ornamental vegetables and herbs. Tulips are planted to start the flowers off in Spring. Facing south west, the borders are ideal for Agapanthas, Salvias, Roses, and three large Eucryphias producing white blossom in August. The herbaceous borders have a colour theme of blues, purples, whites and yellow. After the Tulips, the Irises flower, followed by Lupins, Aliums, Roses which go on through to late August. The walls in the walled garden are covered with a variety of clematis, Climbing Roses, Lonicera.
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