Explore all the horticultural treasures in Cornwall’s glorious gardens.
Cornwall’s uniquely mild climate and dramatic landscape offers visitors a chance to explore rare and exotic horticultural finds in breathtaking locations. With everything from manicured lawns, to wild flower gardens there’s something for all tastes so scroll down and discover…
Trebah Gardens is a sub-tropical paradise set within the beautiful coastal backdrop of Helford Passage, just south of Falmouth. Trebah’s four miles of footpaths send visitors meandering under canopies bursting with exotic blooms, to their secluded beach on the Helford River. Open all year round, Trebah is family and dog friendly garden with adventure play areas, children’s trails and special events.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens are beautiful, sheltered gardens set in a valley just outside of Penzance in West Cornwall. The valley, which is surrounded by woods, streams and a dramatic vista, provides the perfect setting for this 22 acre exotic garden. The garden also features internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell and David Nash RA, who have created site-specific permanent works that harmonise with the landscape.
Cotehele is a wonderfully preserved Tudor house with extensive and beautiful gardens, situated deep within the Tamar Valley. Open all year round, the gardens span over 14 acres and have over 12 different areas to explore from the wild Vallery Garden, to the old orchard. One of Cotehele’s most prominent features is the Cotehele Quay, home of the restored Tamar sailing barge Shamrock and the Edgecoombe tearoom.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in English history. A genuine secret garden, it was lost for decades, and only rediscovered in 1990 by Tim Smit and John Willis. The 200 acre garden is now a paradise that takes you on a sub-tropical journey through bamboo tunnels, majestic tree ferns and ancient woodlands.
Trewithen Gardens, set just a few miles north east of Cornwall’s capital, has 30 acres of surrounding woodland gardens and more than two hundred acres of parkland. Revered as a masterpiece of landscape gardening, Trewithen’s south-facing great glade was developed at the time of the great plant hunting expeditions between 1910 and 1932. Expect to see some of the finest magnolia trees in the country and an abundance of native wildlife.
The Japanese Gardens is a unique horticultural enterprise set in the quaint village of St Mawgan, just a few miles outside of Newquay. Japanese Gardens traditionally strive for perfection and balance, using a combination of man-made & natural elements. The garden is a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space.
Tanglewood Wild Garden is a natural garden and woodland boasting four ponds across its 9 acres. The gardens are kept natural and ‘wild’, with sympathetic planting of native trees mixed with the odd exotic variety, to help encourage bees and butterflies. A popular spot for those looking for peace and tranquillity and a slow meandering walk, Tanglewood also appeals to families looking to enjoy a picnic.