The Williams’s of Cornwall are renowned for their gardens. Scorrier House garden once employed William Lobb, one of the great Victorian nurserymen, botanists and plant hunters who ventured around the world bringing back exotic species to decorate Scorrier’s garden.
Lobb’s own fame came from importing the Araucaria Araucana, otherwise known as the Monkey Puzzle as its brunches ‘would puzzle even a monkey’. The first Monkey Puzzle in Britain was grown at Scorrier House garden and was the largest in the country until it fell during a gale in February 2015.
The garden remains an evolving timepiece. Wonder around its winding paths, through old walled gardens and wild meadows to stumble across some undocumented curiosity such as the Celtic crosses or the diary folly. A path lined with Camellias was described in 1881 as, ‘one of the finest and best managed Camellia Walks in Britain’.