Samares Manor is a beautiful house, dating in part to Norman times, surrounded by exceptional gardens originally constructed in the 1920s by Sir James Knott.
The unique design of Samarès Manor’s herb garden can be best appreciated from the viewing platform high above the garden, adding an extra dimension to this unique collection of plants.
Discover the Manor’s unique story on a guided tour or visit the The Rural Life and Carriage Museum for an outstanding collection of carriages, carts, agricultural equipment and miniatures.
In recent years the gardens have undergone substantial restoration, diversification and development.
Samarès Manor’s herb garden, one of the most comprehensive in Europe, contains a unique collection of culinary, fragrant, cosmetic and medicinal plants.
They have always provided unique growing conditions for many plants, but now the onset of climate change brings with it further opportunities and challenges.
Samares Manor is a beautiful house, dating in part to Norman times, surrounded by exceptional gardens originally constructed in the 1920s by Sir James Knott. He had a special enthusiasm for the Orient, and recognised that the environmental conditions of manor grounds offered potential for growing plants from all over the world. The Japanese Garden, rock and water gardens, formal gardens, large ponds with islands and camellia plantations are the result of his passion. In recent years, the survival of this unique horticultural site has required a massive programme of restoration, development and diversification, including the creation of the internationally renowned herb garden - the work of garden designer and author, John Brookes.
Talks on herbs and their uses take place each week day and there is a plant trail and activities for children. Current projects include the recently designed exotics garden which contains many exuberant plants, the hot garden of Mediterranean style, and the introduction of field walks through areas set aside for wild flowers. The manor's picturesque Victorian courtyard is the home of the Jersey Rural Life and Carriage museum; it contains a unique collection of vehicles and exhibits and is open to the public each day at no extra charge. Visitors can discover the history of the Manor on an informative guided tour every day except Sunday.
Bus routes 18 & 1amyExplorer Green route
Drive East out of St Helier taking the inner road (A5)
April - October
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