Gardens in Cornwall

Cornwall’s 50-plus gardens all enjoy the warmth of the Gulf Stream, which means that many are home to rare, stunning tropical plants, flowers and trees. There are gardens of different scales in Cornwall, from the small and unusual to the large and more famous. For a relaxing and breathtaking day out, take a trip to any one of these horticultural attractions.

After decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens of Heligan near St Austell were unveiled in 1992 and were restored on shoe string budget and today, offer over 200 acres of exploration.  Winding paths laid over 200 years ago will take you through romantic gardens that harbour specimens from around the world – rhododendron boughs of Sikkim which grow beside Maori- carved tree ferns from New Zealand, explore the Italian garden and Alpine inspired ravine.  Venture along a raised boardwalk in the exotic outdoor jungle , past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo.  The woodland walk is one that the kids will enjoy – this sheltered path comes to life as the woodland sculptures revel themselves gently from the undergrowth, in a beautiful natural landscape…keep an eye out for the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady.

Trebah Gardens is a beautiful Cornish valley garden.  It has over four miles of footpath which will take you through vibrant tunnels of colour and under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and lead you to their very own secluded beach on the Helford River.  Trebah has something to offer all year round, with each season offering a spectacular display of colour – from rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias in the spring, through to champion trees that dominate the landscape in winter.  The gardens are family and dog friendly and offer something for everyone, including adventure play areas, children’s trails and a programme of events throughout the year.

Glendurgan Garden is a thriving sub-tropical garden that boasts beautiful blooms during every season, thanks to its sheltered position.  It is situated in a valley and runs down to the Helford River at the fishing village of Durgan.  In fact, you can explore the lush canopies and wind through the exotic gardens to meet the small beach in the tiny village of Durgan.  The garden is an enchanting display of rare and exotic shrubs year-round, but is particularly popular for its spectacular spring magnolias and camellias.  For the little ones, an exciting feature of the garden is the cherry laurel maze – but be careful, you can get lost!  There’s also the Giant’s Stride swing which is guaranteed to keep the children happy!

Trelissick Garden is a tranquil and varied garden with a superb collection of exotic plants.  It is situated in a superb location, on its own peninsula in an unspoiled stretch of the River Fal. The elevated garden which is situated in a complex of former farm buildings and garden walls has amazing views of deep wooded valleys and flashes of blue water.   There are many spots throughout the garden, in both sun and shade, where you can sit back and take in the breath-taking surroundings.