The tour will be led by owner and gardener Lady Boyd and co-hosted by one of Cornwall’s favourite horticultural experts, Nutty Lim. Our very own garden guru Rob Crowle will be on hand too! If this was not enough to tempt you, this will be the last chance to enjoy the garden with Lady Boyd as your guide. After many years at the helm, Lady Boyd and her husband are leaving Ince Castle. Tuesday 10th April will be the last of such tours of the garden, given by Lady Boyd.
Ince Castle is a ravishingly lovely, seventeenth-century, fortified brick manor house, perhaps the oldest brick house in Cornwall , that sits on a peninsula on the River Lynher near Saltash. The 5 acre garden was laid out by Lady Boyd’s mother-in-law in the 1960s. Since Lady Boyd took over with her husband Simon, they have developed many new features in the garden including a long wall topped with dozens of hellebores and snowdrops.
The more formal garden close to the house enjoys wonderful views toward Plymouth and across the river to Anthony House. There is a shell house in this part of the garden that was built in the 1960s but has been recently embellished by Lady Boyd’s husband. They have also built a charming garden building at the entrance that is also embellished with shells.
Early spring sees the garden full of massed bulbs and hellebores under magnolias and spring flowering shrubs. As the season goes on the orchard, woods and drive are carpeted with daffodils and cow parsley, cyclamen and wild orchids.
Tickets to this special event are £15.00 each and include garden entrance, a guided tour and tea & cake at the end of the tour. All proceeds will be donated to the National Garden Scheme. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is partial disabled access. The tour begins at 2.00pm and there is ample parking available on site. The garden will close at 5.00pm.
Numbers are limited and tickets are strictly by reservation only. If you would like to book please call us at the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery on 01208 872668. But don’t delay as numbers are restricted.
Directions: Ince Castle is signposted from the A38 west of Saltash, to Trematon and then Elmgate.
Ince Castle, Elm Gate, Saltash, Cornwall PL12 4QZ