Posted 5 March 2019 by Beverley Fuller
Jude Lynock's coastal garden at St Anthony was originally designed in the 1920s, and although it's been extensively replanted over the past 15 years it retains some original features. A lovely mix of wide lawns, mature trees and newer planting that tumbles down towards the sea and draws your eyes to the horizon. Most areas are wheelchair-accessible.
Pretty paths (with some restoration work ongoing) lead you around the garden to sheltered seats where you can relax and enjoy the borders as well as superb sea and countryside views – lose yourself in the new escallonia maze and stop to admire views from Nare Head to the Lizard. Planting includes hemerocallis, anemone, hydrangea, cordyline, trachycarpus and majestic agapanthus.
Open: 4 August 2019; admission £5 (children free); refreshments include cream teas and homemade biscuits.
This five-acre countryside garden near Heligan was once a medieval farm. Making the most of its local views, the sensitive planting includes trees, a spring garden full of camellias, daffodils and other early-flowering shrubs and plants, and a sub-tropical area around the tennis court. The splendid Magnolia Lanarth is a key feature. Wheelchair access.
Open: 14th April 2019; admission £4.50 (children free); dogs welcome; home-made teas.
This two-acre garden at Ruan High Lanes has partial wheelchair access, though be aware it's on several levels connected by fairly steep gravel paths. The owners have worked hard relandscaping and replanting it over the past few years, and the structure is really starting to emerge. In front of the handsome 17th-18th-century house sweeping yew hedges and paths help define shaped lawns and mixed borders. To one side a wooded bank drops down to a walled kitchen garden and a new hot garden, while on a lower terrace you'll find a lovely pond surrounded by exotic flowering trees and shrubs. Open: by appointment April-end of October 2019; admission £5 (children free); dogs welcome; home-made refreshments include pasties and cakes.
A collection of plants from New Zealand is a key feature of Gillian Burnett's garden at Tregony – though we love the shade garden's focal point of a horse's head sculpture. Set in just over an acre and divided into three zones: a courtyard garden; the shade garden; and a natural garden.
Open: 8th September 2019; admission £3.50 (children free); dogs welcome.