Cornwall is home to a variety of stunning gardens. Due to the location, Cornwall’s plants benefit from the warm Gulf Stream, which makes it home to an amazing array of more unusual and pretty flowers, plants and trees. Some small, some world famous, every garden has it’s own unique appeal and Cornish twist. Below are some of our favourites, in no particular order.
Up there with the Eden Project as one of the most famous gardens in England, this 200 acre garden was re-discovered by chance 25 years ago. It has something for everyone including a jungle, wooden sculptures, a productive Victorian Garden, an Italian Garden and a Ravine Garden based on the Alps. Dogs are welcome on leads. It is open all year round, and there is a lovely tearoom.
This unique garden is situated high up with amazing views of nearby Port Isaac and Port Quin Bays. A public garden, it’s individuality stems from its location and the challenge of cultivating in the salty and sometimes strong North Cornish winds. The 4 acre site is in the style of a Victorian maze. Definitely pop in if you’re in the area.
Describing itself as “one of the quietest and most tranquil gardens you will find”, these gardens are highly regarded. These romantic and popular gardens attract a variety of wildlife. The imaginatively planted artist’s garden has pathways which are perfect for strolling around. Step through the arched gateway into the fantasy garden and immerse your senses in an acre and a half of beauty.
Ok, so this one is over the border in Devon, not Cornwall, but it’s a great day trip from Coombe Farm and well worth including in our list. Being a Royal Horticultural Society Garden, this is top class, as they certainly know their stuff when it comes to managing gardens. With a Hot Garden, a Stream and Gully Garden, a Woodland Garden and a Fruit and Vegetable Garden, not forgetting Lady Anne’s Garden there is plenty to keep you busy. Check their website before you go as they often run additional events.
This National Trust gem is worth a visit, especially if you’re a member. With a house and gardens from the Victorian era. The gardens boast year long colour, and the chance to wander along trails that meander though the woods planted in a semi-formal style typical of Cornwall, with rhododendrons and Himalayan magnolias climbing to their full-sizes in the Cornish fresh air.
The Eden Project is a favourite day trip for lots of our guests. We love it and have “locals” membership so have been in all seasons, it’s much nearer than we thought it would be and works out at a 45 minute journey. What is not to love about Eden, it’s eco, it’s educational, it’s always got events going on (this summer it’s Dinosaurs 2015), and it’s brimming with exotic plant life. The rainforest and mediterranean biomes are great (and very warm, put any coats in the free cloakroom before you venture in!). Scattered throughout the attraction are play areas, sculptures, quirky facts and places to eat. We agree with the Trip Advisor statement “If you haven’t been here already you are seriously missing out”. Tickets are up to 20% cheaper if bought in advance online.