With spectacular views over the bay, an ancient woodland and bog garden, Clyne Gardens are well worth a visit, and that’s before we get to the famous collection of Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus.
The gardens were first established in the nineteenth century when William Graham Vivian bought Clyne Castle in 1860 and lavished time and money developing it to show off his wealth.
The gardens we see today are hugely influenced by Algernon Vivian, also known as the admiral, who sponsored a range of overseas plant collecting expeditions.
But unbeknown to many who enjoy Clyne Gardens, the ancient oak woodland is the remnant of the Norman Clyne Forest. Can you imagine what it was like back then?
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