WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall

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Antony Woodland Garden, Torpoint PL11 2QA

Privately owned by the Carew Pole Garden Trust. 100 acres of woodland, 300 types of camellias bordering the River Lynher. Open daily except M & F Mar-Oct 11-5. 

07786 553711   antonywoodlandgarden.com    Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Bonython Gardens, Nr Helston TR12 7BA

All season interest with Walled, Potager, Valley and Hot gardens. Lakes. Tea rooms.
A 'Must" for all garden lovers. Holiday Lets. Open daily Apr- Sept M-F 10-4.30 except BHs. 

01326 240550   bonythonmanor.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject

Bosvigo, Truro TR1 3NH

A plantsman’s garden, best seen in summer (June-Aug); series of enclosed and walled gardens with herbaceous borders. Nursery. Open Mar-Sept W, Th & F 11-6. 

01872 275774  bosvigo.com  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject

Burncoose Nurseries & Garden, Gwennap TR16 6BJ

30-acre woodland garden. Also nursery with 3,000 varieties of trees, shrubs and unusual plants. Light refreshments. Open daily 8.30-5 (Su 11-5). 

01209 8600011   burncoose.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject

Caerhays Castle & Gardens, Nr St Austell PL26 6LY

60-acres of informal woodland gardens created by J C Williams who sponsored plant hunting expeditions to China. Noted for camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. Garden open daily mid-Feb to late June, 9-5.30. Castle from Mar to late June 12-3 M-F. 

01872 501310   caerhays.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Eden Project, Nr St Austell PL24 2SG

With massive publicity, this became a project to turn old china clay pits into vast steel-framed domes (biomes) housing a tropical rain forest and a Mediterranean climate. Opening in 2,000 the project drew in thousands from across Britain. It also opened the floodgates of new architecture into the county. The Project has developed into an educational charity whereby you can become an Apprentice in horticulture, study for an MSc in Sustainability and study for a degree at Eden. There are also many resources for schools and colleges to partake in. A Deep Geothermal Energy Project is in development as are plans to open Eden Centres in China and NorthWest America. YHA and camping. Open daily from 10. 

01726 811911  edenproject.com  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Enys Gardens, Penryn TR10 9LB

The oldest garden in Cornwall and home of Robert de Enys who lived here during the reign of Edward 1. Bluebells galore. An ambitious project is underway to restore this ancient garden to its former glory. Open Apr-Sept Tu Th & Su 2-5 (May Su 11-5). 

01326 377621  enysgardens.org.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Lost Gardens of Heligan, Nr St Austell PL26 6EN

Explore 200-acres of Cornish countryside, including award-winning productive garden restoration, atmospheric pleasure grounds, sub-tropical ‘Jungle,’ valley and estate land incorporating a pioneering wildlife conservation project. Tearoom/Plant Centre. Open daily, all year from 10-5. 

01726 895100   heligan.com  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Lamorran House Gardens, St Mawes TR2 5BZ

4-acre Mediterranean garden overlooking the sea. Water, palms and sub-tropical features. Open Apr-Sept W & F 10-5.

01326 270800   lamorrangardens.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Mount Edgcumbe House & Park, Nr Torpoint PL10 1HZ

Sensitively restored Tudor mansion in beautiful landscaped parkland. Formal English, French and Italian Gardens. National Camellia Collection. Park and gardens open daily all year. House and Earl’s Garden open East., or (Apr)-Sept Su-Th 11-4.30. 

01752 822236   mountedgcumbe.gov.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject

Penjerrick Gardens, Budock Water TR11 5ED

Essentially a spring flowering garden of 16 acres: camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and tree ferns. Magnificent trees, pond gardens, bamboo. Woodland walk. Open Mar-Sept W, F & Su 1.30-4.30.

01872 870105   penjerrickgarden.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Trebah Gardens, Mawnan Smith TR11 5JZ

A magical sub-tropical ravine garden running down to a private beach on the Helford River; a canvas of everchanging colour, from Spring to Autumn. A garden for the plantsman, artist, family and a paradise for children.  In fact, no visitor to Cornwall with a hunger for horticulture will be satisfied until they have made a visit to Trebah and Glendurgan.  Open daily from 10. 

01326 252200   trebah-gardens.co.uk   Photographic Images: Copyright © David Chapman/Trebah Gardens


Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Nr Penzance TR20 8YL

This is a relatively new venture that opened in 2012, and all is set in a sheltered valley with stupendous views across the Bay. Within the woods, streams and sub-tropical plantings are sculptures. Fab café (tapas and bar) provides the food, and is, in itself a worthy destination. New Art Gallery. Open daily Feb-Oct from 10. 

01736 448089   tremenheere.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject


Trewidden Gardens, Penzance TR20 8TT

Originally planted in the C19 by T B Bolitho, the garden comprises ten acres of paths and dells with a fine collection of camellias and magnolias. Open daily late Feb to mid-Sept 10.30-5.30 (daily in July/Aug).  

01736 351979   trewiddengarden.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject

Trewithen Gardens, Grampound Road, Truro TR2 4DD

30-acre garden renowned for its magnificent collection of camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and many rare trees and shrubs, surrounded by traditional parkland landscaped in the C18. New sculpture fountain. Gardens open daily 10-4.30 Mar-June & Aug BHs 2-5. House open M & Tu 2-4. 

01726 883647   trewithengardens.co.uk  Photographic Images: Supplied By Subject