Situated in the Far West of England, the county of Cornwall is known for its sub-tropical gardens. Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall’s gardens flourish with some of the most rare, beautiful and colourful plants and trees in the country. Whilst these gardens are wonderful to visit throughout the year, it is in Spring when the gardens are in full bloom and it is the time to visit Cornwall to see the magnificent Magnolia in full flower.
EDEN PROJECT, NR ST AUSTELL
The giant tropical and mediterranean biomes are home to plants of all countries. Throughout the year Eden has themed events for children for education and fun.
Bodelva, St Austell / 01726 811911
ENYS GARDENS, NR PENRYN
Bluebells, bluebells, bluebells - the meadow of Parc Lye is simply breathtaking in May.
Enys Gardens, Penryn / 01326 259885
CAERHAYS CASTLE & GARDENS
Privately owned Caerhays Castle, is fantastically situated in a sheltered valley between Truro and St Austell. overlooking Porthluney Cove on the South Cornish Coast equidistant from Truro and St Austell. Caerhays garden is blooming in March, April and May and is only open fully in these months (7 days a week). The castle is also open for limited periods as it is still very much a family home.
Gorran St Austell / 01872 501310
THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN
The result of a 25 year restoration project and ongoing works, Heligan is a very interesting garden to explore: Victorian Gardens with the original greenhouses restored, Pleasure Grounds, Jungle, Wildlife Projects..and more.
Pentewan, St.Austell / 01726 845100
GLENDURGAN GARDEN - NATIONAL TRUST
Discover the valley garden of Glendurgan with its jungle-like atmosphere as you head down to the hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River
Mawnan Smith, Near Falmouth
LAMORRAN HOUSE AND GARDENS
Beautiful gardens in St Mawes and an interesting woodland walk with a fairly stunning view of the sea. Garden features include beautiful flowers, magnificent trees, a waterfall and koi pool.
St Mawes / 01326 270800
TRELISSICK GARDENS - NATIONAL TRUST
Just on the other side of the King Harry Ferry, Trelissick Garden has an iconic Water Tower and a varied garden to explore. There is a beach at the bottom of rolling fields and the woodland walk follows the coastline and provides great views of Carrick Roads.
Feock, Truro / 01872 862090
TREWITHEN HOUSE & GARDENS
Trewithen is renowned for its collection of magnolias and camellias and is home to a fair amount of Champion Trees.
Grampound, Near Truro / 01726 883647
Situated on the Helford River, Trebah is a valley garden with exotic and sub-tropical plants, a beach at the bottom of the garden, a koi pool, a Tarzan play area, award winning plantsman’s cafe and shop.
Mawnan Smith, Near Falmouth / 01326 252200
For more information about visiting gardens throughout Cornwall, go to The Great Gardens of Cornwall website.