The Gardens of Cornwall

 Welcome to the enchanting gardens of Cornwall

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.

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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.

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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 Loft Restaurant. 

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 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 30th September. 


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