The Botanic Gardens
The Plant Centre

The Botanic Gardens

Development of the Gardens

These unique gardens, which have always offered exceptional planting conditions, were created in the 1920s by wealthy shipping line owner, Sir James Knott. In recent years they have undergone further development and diversification, and by creating new gardens and introducing unique plant collections.
Gardens of Colour • Calendar Gardens • Discovery Gardens • The Hot Border • Exotic Plants • The Bee Garden • Cactus and Succulent Collection • Heritage Apples and Pears


The Herb Garden 
The most spectacular
in the UK

The herb garden was the inspiration of garden designer John Brookes. Its design, which now incorporates the rose and lavender garden, can be best appreciated from the viewing platform. Culinary, fragrant, cosmetic and medicinal herbs are planted in large blocks within an abstract array of gravel paths. Herbs are for sale in the Manor’s Plant Centre.


The Manor’s History

There are informative guided tours of the Manor and the Rural Life Museum


Events at the Manor

Samarès Country Fair - Bank Holiday Monday, 27th August 2018



Receptions and Ceremonies



Family Activities

Children's Play Area • Willow Labyrinth and Jungle Path