Though this sounds rather haphazard, a great deal of thought was given to the design of Meudon’s gardens. The plants that grow here are able to flourish because of the valley landscape and Falmouth’s position in the Gulf Stream, which shelters them and ensures a milder climate. However, if you’ve ever stood in the gardens and wondered why it’s so warm, you’ve actually got the early gardeners to thank. They carefully planted trees around the outside of the valley, growing a living windbreak against the cold east wind and creating the all-important sub-tropical microclimate that our plants need.
Despite all we already know about the gardens here at Meudon, there’s a great deal still waiting to be discovered beneath the soil and mature planting. Only recently, our gardeners happened upon two old paths, buried by overgrowth, while elsewhere, there are original trout ponds that have grown over and are – for now, at least – filled with mud, rather than fish. As well as this, we're still waiting to identify some of the garden’s older rhododendron species, some of which have been growing here for such an extended period that their exact origins and genus are unknown. We’re working with experts from Heritage UK and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to find out more. Far from being consigned to the past, it seems that some secrets of the plant hunters are still waiting to be told. If you’re interested in finding out more, do keep checking back here and follow our social channels such as Instagram and Facebook for more updates from the garden.