The ‘Garden Capital of the World’ is often considered Cornwall around the world. Cornwall enjoys the power of the Gulf Stream with a temperate climate with warm summers, mild and wet winters which in turn allow exotic and rare plants to thrive.
Where else can you find so many parks with history dating back to the Iron Age? During the early 19th century Cornish gardeners were part of Victorian plant hunters who collected exotic plants and seeds from around the world.
That gives us what we have today: more than 60 incredible gardens to explore with lush vegetation and a colorful sub-tropical theater filled with interesting, rare and beautiful plants. Cornwall Gardens can be found in our majestic Castle, Manor House, Great Plantation, Mill House, a sheltered valley, high on a windswept plain and nestled in forest and seaside gardens dotting the turquoise seafront.
Cornwall gardens are very diverse as they range in size from small and intimate to acres of rolling countryside. Some with stunning lakes and Victorian boathouses to water parks with ferns, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias. AKDSEO merupakan agency digital marketing yang fokus melayani jasa Backlinks dan Link building website, termasuk di dalamnya Jasa Menaikkan DA ( Domain Authority), Others have walled gardens and manicured lawns to the newest of two magnificent Biomes full of wonders from around the world.
Across the UK you’d be hard-pressed not to find ‘Veitch’ plants or plants that come from their nurseries. The Veitch family sends collectors around the world to bring back seeds and plants. Reed Manning, Spa & Salon This included two Cornish brothers, William and Thomas Lobb. William Lobb died in San Francisco in 1864 but his brother Thomas lived in Devoran until his death in 1894.
In eastern Cornwall, Mount Edgcumbe has Earl’s Park with ancient and rare trees including a 400 year old lime. Formal Gardens are found in the lower gardens and were created over 200 years ago in English, French and Italian styles.
Cothele tells the story of the Tamar Valley and Antony was recently used as the backdrop for the film Alice in Wonderland. Also to the East is Ince Castle overlooking the Lynher River. The park enjoys forests filled with rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, vibrant shrubs and formal gardens. Pentillie Castle Gardens is only open on certain days and their gardens are replanted with Tamar Valley apple and cherry varieties.
The south is lined with magnificent gardens that testify to how sheltered Cornwall’s beaches are and many are filled with collections of Cornish rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias. We can start with Hidden Valley Gardens, Near Par. These gardens won a 2010 Cornwall Tourism Silver award for a minor visitor attraction.
Tregrehan is a large forest garden and has been home to the Carlyon family since 1565. Pinetum Gardens and Pine Cottage Gardens, Near St. Austell is a 30-acre paradise with over 6000 labeled plants. Ray and Shirley Clemo travel the world collecting seeds and plants for this garden and a pair of black swans have made it their home.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Pentewan has been voted the best garden in the UK and won the title at the 2011 Countryfile Magazine Awards. Celebrating 21 years since Heligan’s Lost Gardens was founded, this beauty provides 200 hectares to explore. Discover Northern Parks, Forests, Greater Plantations, and the Horsemoor Hideaway and Wildlife Project.
Next on our list is Caerhays Castle Park nestled in the valley above Porthluney Cove. A horticultural treasure spanning 100 acres of forest park and holder of the National Magnolia Collection. Lamorran at St. Mawes is a Mediterranean style garden with sea views over Falmouth Bay. History has it that it is the northernmost Palm Garden in the world.
From Lamorran you can see the lighthouse at St. Anthony’s Head. St. Just in Roseland has a 13th-century church and is set in a sheltered subtropical riverside garden filled with giant magnolias, azaleas, bamboo and gunneras. Trelissick Garden in Feock was planted 200 years ago and has views of the Falmouth estuary. It has year-round colorful plants, gardens, forest walks and art and craft galleries.
In the fall 300 varieties of apples will be on display in the Georgia stables. Enys Gardens in Penryn is one of Cornwall’s oldest gardens dating back to 1709. Penjerrick at Budock Water is pristine with historical and botanical interests; relax among the fern trees and hidden paths.
Moving up the coast to Mawnan Smith is Trebah and Carwinion, this is a very historic park. Trebah is on the north bank of the Helford River and in this park you can stroll among ferns and giant palm trees. Carwinion has a famous collection of bamboo and has a serene garden of 14 hectares.
Glendurgan is located in a sub-tropical valley that flows into the Helford River. Have fun in the 180 year old cherry laurel maze and stroll through the gardens and down to the hamlet of Durgan. Potager is a new organic park close to Constantine, five miles from Falmouth.
On the coast further into Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, Bonython Estate Gardens features an 18th-century Walled Garden, potager gardens, Cornish apple tree orchard and woodland. Bored in Manaccan once again near the Helford River enjoying the Cornish microclimate and was described as “the most Cornish Cornish garden of all” in The Gardener magazine in 1909! Trevarno Gardens is a ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of majestic 70 acres.
Some of the highlights include the Serptentine Yew Tunnel and the production of organic skin care products and soaps. Carleen Subtropical Gardens is open by appointment only and is home to collections from South America, Mexico, Central and South Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Southern United States and the Mediterranean. The Hardy Exotics Garden Nursery in Whitecross, Near Penzance can make “Barbados in Birmingham” – “Mauritius in Manchester” and “Hawaii in Hertford”.
Now we arrive at Mount St. Lovely Michaels, walking across the boardwalk at low tide or traveling by boat at other times. The gardens are steep but thrive in the shade of granite cliffs and you’ll find exotics from Mexico, the Canary Islands and South Africa.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a beautiful valley set against the backdrop of Mount St. Michaels. The National Trust owns Trengwainton and this historic park is home to enormous banana and echium plants. Finally in this part of Cornwall is Penberth which has an area of 5 hectares and is a natural valley park that combines sea views.
Now we turn to North Cornwall which is a more rugged coast overlooking the Atlantic. Our first port is the Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery in the beautiful Lanherne Valley in St. Mawgan. Only 1.5 hectares but includes the East-inspired Water Park, Stroll Garden and Zen Garden.
Moving up the coast to Padstow we find Prideaux Place which has 40 hectares of landscaped land and a deer park overlooking the estuary of Padstow and the Camel River. Last but not least on this beach is the Longcross Victorian Garden in Trelights, Port Isaac. It is 4 acres and provides a good example of beach gardening and hedgerows with views of Port Isaac and Port Quin.
Cornwall has some nicer parks that are a little more inland than the others we’ve mentioned before, but when you’re in Cornwall you’re never more than sixteen miles from the beach at any time.
4 hectares in Ken-Caro, Nr. Liskeard is another park with woodland trails, magnolias and rhododendrons, small but beautiful and nestled high above the Bicton Manor Woods. Another one in the same area is Moyclare founded in 1927 on 1 acre and located around the house.
The “Moyclare Pink” and astrantia “Moira Reid” brooms come from this garden. Pencarrow is a 50-acre park and this is where the Monkey Puzzle tree got its name. In this park you can even walk on the grass! If you like one of the plants, you may be able to buy a piece. At Pinsla Garden, Cardinham there is something for everyone, a beautiful haven and hideaway full of secret passageways with hazel arches and fantasy gardens created by garden artists.
Move once again to the National Trust’s Lanhydrock, a walking park and historic park spanning 1000 hectares of forest. Boconnoc in Lostwithiel has a beautiful spring garden and has camellias and azaleas from the original 1850 planting.
The park is only open for the Spring Flower Show and Sunday afternoons during the month of May. Trewithin is close to Grampound which means ‘tree house’ and has 30 hectares of forest park and more than 200 hectares of gardens around it. Horticulturalist George Johnstone, who inherited the house in 1904, cultivated many seeds of foreign origin, thus ensuring the reputation Trewithin has today. Trewithin is an unforgettable garden gem.
Next up is the Eden Project near St. Austell which is the newest of all our Cornish gardens. Crafted from used porcelain clay pits in 2000 and the site opened on 17 March 2001. Two Biomes, one Tropical and the other Mediterranean, are both constructed of tubular steel chamber frames coated in thermoplastic ETFE. In Eden you can travel around the world in a day!
In Bosvigo on the outskirts of Truro, the clumsy wing of the house was demolished and using stone from the house a walled garden was created. This makes the 100 year old Victorian Conservatory stand. All plants sold in this nursery are grown in the Garden. Burncoose in Gwennap is a 30-acre forest park and has won gold medals at the Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows.
Nurseries provide a wide variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants. Back on the beach we find Trerice, three miles from Newquay, which is a 6-acre park but still has room to find seclusion any time of year. The National Trust has owned the park since 1953.
Finally, we crossed the water and came to the picturesque Isles of Scilly, then headed for Abbey Gardens in Tresco. This stunning sub-tropical park is home to plant and tree species from 80 countries from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.
The high windbreak construction ensures any inclusion weather is forced up and over the walled enclosure. The terraces at the top are hotter and drier than those at the bottom which provide more humidity. In 1990 a hurricane created horrific damage to the protective belt and the loss of many plants but the protective belt and garden are now restored and look ‘better than ever’. This is one you shouldn’t miss.
Many Cornish gardens belong to the National Gardens Scheme which publish a Yellow Book each year which is a guide or ‘bible’ for visiting the gardens. Most of these parks are privately owned and only open on certain days.
Many of our gardens have great interest in Autumn such as Ellis Gardens in Polyphant, Wave Cottage in Lerryn, Half Acre in Boscastle, Primrose Farm in Skinners Bottom and Kennall House in Ponsanooth. The Homestead near Helston is 7.5 acres and features a Wildflower Wood with over 1000 trees and a further 800 trees for shelter and wildlife habitat.
There are certainly more gardens in Cornwall, many of them small but beautiful and many of our gardens Dog Friendly. So don’t leave some of the family at home, take them too. It would be wise to check in advance with the park you wish to visit just to make sure that it is ‘dog friendly’. Some of our Cornish parks are more accessible than others, so again if part of your group is less agile, check out the parks to make sure you’ll enjoy your visit.
For more information about our Cornish Gardens, most of them have their own websites that will give you the days and times they open, how to get there, what facilities are available and ticket costs.
I was born in Cornish farming world, my father was a farmer and his father before him. My childhood was spent following my mother around the farm doing all the work that was done being a farmer’s wife. From milking cows and collecting eggs, to making Cornish cream from fresh milk, these are all part of my life. Like picking fruit, digging potatoes and chopping broccoli. At harvest time, I’ll accompany Mum to the chopper to give the boys lunch and a crib, what’s called a midday snack in Cornwall!
At the age of 18 I married Chris, a local Garage owner whom I still marry today. During our married life, I have been involved in the Marine Rescue Club and shown our German Shepherd Dog at dog shows around the country. Apart from running our own gas station and Village Shop, we also opened Origin & Battery, a fast food fish and chips takeaway where I spend a lot of “Happy” time preparing and frying fish and chips.