Cornwall is often described as the 'garden capital of the world' as
the lush vegetation and colour give garden lovers a feast for the eyes
all year round. Whether you are a serious horticulturalist, specialist gardener,
enthusiastic amateur, holidaymaker or a day-tripper, Cornwall's
magnificent gardens can show you everything from wild woodland to neatly
manicured lawns, the small and unusual, those with eccentric features,
to the large and famous – whose plants, flowers, palms and trees thrive
in Cornwall’s mild coastal climate.
Caerhays Castle Gardens Most people know of Caerhays because of the Castle and
Gardens but few realise just how big the estate is or how many diverse
areas there are. Of course there is the Castle designed by John Nash at
the start of the 19th century, there are the Gardens and grounds with
the magnificent camellias and rhododendrons for which the estate is
world famous and the National Magnolia Collection which has a home here.
But how many people also realise that there are holiday
properties including our luxury lodge The Vean, residential and farm
properties, commercial shooting, corporate and business facilities, film
and photographic location opportunities, Burncoose Nurseries (our plant
supply division), a wonderful family beach and a large working Home
Farm with a magnificent pure bred herd of Saler cattle.
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. Learn about the Fox family who created this 'small peace
[sic] of heaven on earth'
The Lost Gardens of Heligan Heligan offers over 200 acres for exploration. Discover our Victorian
Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, lush sub-tropical Jungle,
pioneering Wildlife Project & beyond. The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey
in the Duchy of Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth
century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in
different design styles. The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family,
over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th
century, and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First
World War, and only restored in the 1990s, a restoration that was
the subject of several popular television programs and books.
Lanhydrock Lanhydrock is the
perfect country house and estate, with the feel of a wealthy but
unpretentious family home. Follow in the footsteps of generations of the
Robartes family, walking in the 17th-century Long Gallery among the
rare book collection under the remarkable plasterwork ceiling. After a
devastating fire in 1881 the house was refurbished in the high-Victorian
style, with the latest mod cons. Boasting the best in country-house
design and planning, the kitchens, nurseries and servants' quarters
offer a thrilling glimpse into life 'below stairs', while the spacious
dining room and bedrooms are truly and deeply elegant.
Pencarrow House and Gardens For
nearly 500 years, Pencarrow has been the much-loved home of the
Molesworth-St Aubyns, ever since John Molesworth arrived from
Northamptonshire to become the Auditor for the Duchy of Cornwall and
Queen Elizabeth I.
The 50 acres of gardens include the Italian Gardens, lovely lawns with
magnificent specimen trees, woodland walks and lots of flowering plants
and shrubs. In Spring the Gardens and mile-long carriage drive are
ablaze with camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, as well as primroses
and daffodils, closely followed by a haze of bluebells in May. Later on
the blue hydrangeas are a magnificent sight all around the gardens and
lake. Did you know that the monkey puzzle tree got its name here?
Charles Austin, a parliamentary lawyer, stayed here in 1834 and when he
saw the 'Araucaria imbricata' he said, "That tree would puzzle a
monkey," and the name stuck!
Pine Lodge Gardens Pine Lodge Gardens, being situated on the warm and sheltered south
coast of St.Austell Bay, in Cornwall, provide excellent growing
conditions for rare, unusual and tender plants. Many have been grown
from seed from plant hunting expeditions all over the world to which
Shirley has been contributing since 1985. The collection at Pine Lodge Gardens now stands at well
over 6,000 plants, all labelled, in over 30 acres of gardens, and it
is being added to each year. Shirley is extremely interested and
involved in cultivating as many rare plants as possible for added
interst in the Gardens and for sale in the Nursery. Planting in Pine Lodge Gardens has been very carefully planned
to provide interest throughout the year. The Gardens are regarded as
having several dimensions, not least of which is scent, and this
becomes apparent during your walk around Pine Lodge Gardens.
St. Michaels Mount Explore the amazing island world of St Michael’s Mount and discover
legend, myth and over a thousand years of incredible history…Stroll across the causeway where a legendary
giant once walked. Follow the footsteps of pilgrims. Boat hop to an
island where modern life meets layers of history.
Discover a medieval castle, a sub-tropical paradise and a close-knit island
community. Delve into the history of a fortress, a priory, a
harbour and a home. Stray from the mainland on foot or by boat and get up close to the
beguiling beauty of the castle-topped isle standing proud in Mount’s
Bay. Come ashore for a family outing, a tour of the castle
or a garden
visit. Scale the fairytale turrets for dazzling views. Listen to live
music on the village green. Tuck into fresh local food in the Island
Café or the Sail
Trebah Trebah is a magical 26-acre ravine garden descending to a private,
secluded beach on the historic Helford River. A stream cascades over
waterfalls, through ponds full of giant Koi carp and exotic water
plants, through two acres of blue and white hydrangeas, before spilling
out over the beach. Glades of enormous tree ferns, bamboos and palms
mingle with giant gunnera and a rolling canopy of 100-year old
rhododendrons, magnolias and a multitude of trees and shrubs, with ever
changing colour and scent throughout the year.
Tregrehan Tregrehan has been home to the Carlyon family since 1565. Jovey
Carlyon's passion for trees during the late 19thcentury is evident in
the towering specimens seen today. Beneath this canopy Gillian Carlyon's
(1924-1987) renowned collection of camellias flourish. In quiet
rebellion against this promiscuous genus, the botanical collection of
the current 'gardener' (encumbered with the same passion as his
forebears) requires an appreciation of the diversity of the world's
flora. At its floral peak in the spring, the 20 acre garden and
magnificent green-house (circa 1846)
Trelissick Gardens This modern
garden was created within shelter belts planted 200 years ago. It is
constantly evolving, with new planting and fresh ideas. Trelissick has
seen trees grow to maturity, the tide ebbing and flowing, but has become
a dynamic, forward-looking estate. The iconic Water Tower was built for
irrigation and fire-control; now the lavatories are flushed with
rainwater stored underground in modern reservoirs. Heat is extracted
from kitchen appliances and the sun to provide hot water and heating.
The River Fal is now more than just a beautiful setting for Trelissick;
many visitors arrive by boat each summer.
Trewithin Garden Welcome to Trewithen Gardens.
An historic private estate internationally renowned for its collection
of magnolias and camellias. Also boasting 24 'Champion Trees', woodland
walks, 18th Century estate house, Tea Shop and highly prized plants from
the on-site nursery. Once visited, impossible to forget. Gardens are open from the 1st of March to the