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Top 5 Cornwall Gardens

If you’ve ever visited Cornwall you’ll know it’s home to some of the most glorious gardens in the UK. Cornwall enjoys a mild climate year round, creating growing conditions unlike those elsewhere in Britain and as a result it’s home to a wealth of the most exciting rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles. The enthusiasm of the early 19th Century Cornish garden owners and their hunger and passion for the exotic led them to sponsor the great Victorian plant hunting expeditions. As a result the seeds and plants which they brought back from all over the world helped to create the unique and magical gardens of Cornwall that we can enjoy today.

There are over seventy gardens in Cornwall ranging from small private gardens only open for charity to huge National Trust landscaped grounds and ravine gardens that tumble gently down to the sea. Whether you are a serious horticulturist, enthusiastic amateur or a holidaymaker who appreciates the colour and beautiful scenery, Cornwall’s magnificent gardens offer something for everyone. Here’s our pick of the best five gardens in the county that we feel are worthy of a visit.

The Eden Project, near St Austell

Although not strictly speaking a “garden”, no visit to Cornwall can be complete without a visit to Eden. Enjoy a truly memorable experience in an epic location. The Eden Project is both an educational resource and an environmental showcase with giant geodesic conservatories and a panorama of shrubs and plants demonstrating in a vibrant manner how plants and people depend on each other for mutual survival on our planet.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey

The Times quotes The Lost Gardens of Heligan as “the garden restoration of the century” and how true this is. These award-winning gardens extend to some eighty acres of superb grounds and the style is typical of the nineteenth century with areas of different character and in different design styles. There’s a magnificent complex of walled gardens and a lush sub-tropical jungle. The gardens were neglected after the First World War and were only restored in the 1990’s.

Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens, near St Austell

With a collection of over six thousand labelled plants and many truly magnificent trees, Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens are set in over thirty acres on the warm sheltered coast of St Austell Bay. A delightful walk takes you through many different gardens from woodland to Japanese. Pinetum Park is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of amateur horticulturists Ray and Shirley Clemo who travelled the world collecting seeds and plants to establish this remarkable garden.

Trebah Gardens, near Falmouth

The dramatically beautiful twenty eight acre Trebah Gardens are listed among the eighty finest in the world. Glades of huge 100-year-old tree-ferns mingle with a forest of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias under a canopy of ancient oaks and beeches. There are cascading streams, fish filled ponds and a private beach overlooking Cornwall’s Helford River.

Glendurgan Gardens

Lose yourself in the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden – full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants basking in the sunny upper slopes. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River: a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles. Find a boat-seat, gigantic tulip-trees and ponds teeming with wildlife.

Special garden breaks are available through Breaks in Cornwall with a selection of garden admissions included in the offer prices.
Hotel garden breaks
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Eden Project
Eden

Eden Project
Eden Project

The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens
Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens

Trebah Gardens
Trebah Gardens

Glendurgan Garden
Glendurgan Garden