Sir James travelled widely and recognised that the environmental conditions of Samares Manor’s 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 all the result of his passion.
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 by the garden designer and author, John Brookes. The most significant, recent undertaking is the Botanical Project, which introduces an educational approach to the ongoing development of the Gardens. This comprehensive programme includes extensive plant identification and labelling, and the creation of individual gardens illustrating the effects of seasonality, climate change and the environment.
Other recent innovations include the Exotics Garden containing many exuberant plants, a hot garden of Mediterranean style, the Discovery Gardens, demonstrating distinctive styles of planting, the Calendar Gardens, and Summer Gardens of Colour. There are also field walks through areas set aside for wild flowers.
Included in the admission to Samares Manor is a herb talk every week day, and a daily guided tour of the Jersey Rural Life Museum. Visitors can discover the history of the Manor on an informative guided tour of the House every day except Sunday (additional charge). There is also a plant centre specialising in unusual plants, a gift shop, and a licensed restaurant/cafe.
Samares Manor has its own self-catering holiday accommodation comprised of three farmhouse apartments and three cottages situated in the picturesque early Victorian courtyard.