Cornwall is home to some of the best gardens in the UK; enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the gardens are home to a wealth of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles. Year round the gardens offer a spectacular display of horticulture, showcasing the best seasonal plants Cornwall has to offer.
We have collated our favourite Cornish gardens, which have you been to?
1. Eden Project
Dubbed, by some, as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Eden Project is famous for being the world’s largest greenhouse which nestle in a giant 50 metre deep clay pit the size of 30 football pitches, forming the centrepiece of a spectacular global garden. There is always something new to see at the Eden Project from new plant species, to seasonal events to the new rainforest lookout. Eden is a gateway into the relationships between plants and people, and a fascinating insight into the story of mankind’s dependence on plant life. A fascinating location, but, more importantly, Eden is a fun and family friendly day out.
2. Lost Gardens of Heligan
Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens of Heligan were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration. Discover gardens from around the world from the wilds of the jungle to historic Victorian influences plus The Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady
3. Trebah Garden
Trebah Garden is a uniquely beautiful, wooded 25 acre sub-tropical ravine garden that descends to its own beach on the Helford River. Trebah Garden boasts a natural spring at the top of the garden dropping 10ft into the Koi Pool bordered by Mediterranean and southern hemisphere plants such as Australian tree ferns and palms.
4. Tresco Abbey Garden
The sub-tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious exploration of exotic plants from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa; the diversity of plant life to be found within Tresco Abbey Garden is extraordinary.
5. Trelissick Garden
Trelissick Gardens, positioned at the top of the Fal Estuary, boasts jaw-dropping views and a huge array of plant species. Trelissick Garden combines inspirational gardens with varied woodland planting. As well as tranquil gardens to meander through there is also extensive woodland trails to explore and experience.