WPC: Intricate

The maze at Glendurgan, Cornwall

Glendurgan is one of the great subtropical gardens of the South West. Set in a wooded valley dropping steeply to the hamlet of Durgan on the shore of the beautiful Helford Estuary. The garden is best known for its laurel maze, planted in 1833 and a firm favourite with children.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

48 thoughts on “WPC: Intricate”

  1. What a picture perfect spot Jude. As in one of the other comments I am thinking a rather maintenance heavy assume by for the gardener!

  2. OH! I LOVE mazes!! One of the two things I most wanted to do when my parents took me to Europe when I was 12 was the Hampton Court Maze. It was closed. That’s what you get for travelling out of season as we always did (and still often do). The other was the Ferris Wheel in Vienna. It was also closed for the winter. 😦 On the plus side, I have since done both and the Maze twice – once in my 20s alone and then with my husband and children.

    We have a wooden maze near us and you must get to each of four coloured flags in the maze before you are allowed to exit (you have a card you have to get stamped at each station where the flags are). I absolutely ADORE doing that with my boys. We’re all so competitive! 😀

    I am just itching to get into the maze in your photo. It looks spectacular!

    1. You lead such an exciting life Heather! I imagine a rather loud and chaotic household with all those males 😀
      Feel free to drop into my maze any time 🙂

    1. I didn’t go inside the maze Karen, so I’m not sure. Certainly the children couldn’t see over the top.

  3. You have seen so many different gardens Jude and this maze looks rather intimidating, I am definitely directionally challenged so I would be in there for ages. Can you jump up and see over the hedges? I once got really lost in an Ikea store, it was like a maze, only one way out. Ended up with quite a number of us following each other trying to find the way out and no assistants anywhere. I think it was a ploy to keep you in and maybe you would buy some thing…

    1. Haha, sounds about right with the IKEA store – I once had to exit and then enter again as I’d missed the section I wanted!

  4. I am so glad I don’t have to tend that maze – what absolute perfection, right down to the last leaf. One wrong snip and you could change the whole flow. I can so picture giggling kids running through the twists and turns.

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