Classic Cornwall gardens
Cornwall’s gardens are known around the world for their breadth and splendour. The legacy of the Victorian plant-hunters, Cornwall boasts an array of horticultural jewels that are worth visiting again and again.
Mawnan Smith, TR11 5JZ
Selected as one of the ‘Great Gardens of Cornwall’, Trebah is a hugely popular attraction that offers a different experience each time you visit. Depending on the time of year you wander through the gardens you could be lucky enough to witness a colourful array of rhododendrons, magnoliasm camellias, hydrangeas and sub-tropical tree ferns.
The gardens are situated in the grounds of a lovely 18th Century house and spill down into a 25-acre ravine before ending at a private beach on the Helford River.
Open all year round, Trebah is a no-brainer for anybody with an eye for the natural world.
Penryn, TR10 9LB
With beautiful bluebell displays and lots of other eye-catching attractions including a water wheel and a series of lakes, it’s no wonder the gardens at Enys are popular with photographers.
Enys offers historical gardens – thought to be among the oldest in the county – that are a delight to wander through at your own pace. They’re also dog-friendly, so be sure to take your four-legged friends along.
Enys House is also now open to the public on selected days so be sure to plan ahead if you’d like to experience everything that Enys has to offer.
Feock (Nr Truro), TR3 6QL
Positioned right at the water’s edge on its own peninsula on the River Fal, Trelissick’s elevated garden offers stunning views. The 20-acre garden contains a large collection of colourful blooms such as camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas.
Make the most of your trip by arriving by water – you can catch the Ferry from either Truro, Falmouth or the Roseland Peninsula.
This family-friendly garden offers plenty of room for children to run off some energy – and they’re sure to learn a thing or two as they come across trees and shrubs from all over the world.
Grampound (Nr Truro), TR2 4DD
Described by Great Gardens of Cornwall as playing host to “a wealth of the most exciting, rate and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles”, Trewithen offers 28 acres of incredible beauty.
Trewithen’s collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias are famous the world over but there’s plenty more to see here too. Children are sure to have a great day out not only because of the beautiful surroundings but thanks also to the popular play area and a delightful camera obscura.
St Austell, PL24 2SG
It’s not so long since this site housed a tired old clay pit. Transformed by the addition of two huge and visually impressive biomes – one with a Rainforest theme, the other a Mediterranean theme – the Eden Project has quickly become one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions.
With stunning garden displays all year round and spectacular sights including towering sculptures and waterfalls, a visit to the Eden Project is one that’s sure to live long in the memory.
Children are well catered for with generous play areas as well as storytelling session and workshops for all ages.
The site is also used as a venue for special events such as the popular Eden Sessions, which attract some of the biggest musical acts from around the world every year.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Nr St Ewe, PL26 6EN
The Lost Gardens of Heligan offer a magical day out for people of all ages. Originally created during a period from the mid-18th Century through to the beginning of the 20th Century and underwent major restoration in the 1990s. Following the restoration work, BBC Gardeners’ World dubbed Heligan ‘The Nation’s Favourite Garden’ following a vote from viewers.
The gardens play host to an extensive collection of rhododendrons and camellias, a number of lakes and a particularly popular ‘jungle’ area filled with sub-tropical tree ferns.
Some of the most talked-about features at The Lost Gardens of Heligan include the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head, two stunning sculptures created from rocks and plants.