Higher Truscott is a charming hamlet set high on a hill above Launceston. It was here that a small and privileged group of members gathered to be shown around the garden belonging to John and Gilly Mann. Developed over a period of 40 years or so, from the yard and orchard of an old farmhouse, the area to the rear of the house is an impressive alpine garden filled with plant men’s objects of desire including a dwarf Dierama; Meconopsis regia; Phyteuma ‘scheuchzeri’; unusual Alliums and countless other treasures sheltered to the north by a forty year old Acer griseum amongst others. Gradually the more formal garden morphs into a ‘woodland area’ of Viburnums, Acers, Magnolias including fine M. proctoriana, which in Spring is underplanted with white Fritillarias; and a large Magnolia stellata which came from the original Treseder’s Nursery in Truro. Bit by covetous bit we worked our way, past numerous granite troughs and other containers filled with goodies to the front of the house, which is swathed with the mauve ‘Potato Vine’ – Ipomoea – in full flower and then across the road to an unexpected treasure house.
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Address: Higher Truscott, St. Stephens, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 8LA