Cornwall’s subtropical south spells pure and gorgeous greenery. The more sheltered side of the county affords the perfect position and climate for gardens of all types and scale, where you’ll find a tea plantation (Tregothnan), various vineyards and world famous ecological landmark (Eden) alongside a stunning smattering of small and large lush spaces.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream and treated to a mild maritime climate, expect natural open spaces, artistically landscaped estates and awe-inspiring features for a palpable and visually poetic taste of the sublime.
From The Great Gardens of Cornwall (GG) – the best and most horticulturally significant in the county, to an omnipresence of blooming parks and paradisiacal patches of greenery, the south of Cornwall is crammed with botanical eye candy.
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Spread over 200-acres near Mevagissey, the sensational ‘productive gardens and pleasure grounds’ will stay with you long after you bid adieu. Immerse yourself into a stunning array of habitats for an otherworldly and wonderfully wild journey through some of the world’s most magnificent flora as you step from jungle to woodland for an utterly enchanting day out.
The iconic and breath-taking biomes – the world’s largest greenhouse – truly have to be seen, which are home to a massive collection of plant life from across the globe. The former clay-pit-site-turned-ecological-phenomenon boasts Rainforest and Mediterranean biomes all jam-packed with things to see and do, such as the canopy walkway, Malaysian hut, waterfall, art installations and sculptures. Then there are outdoor gardens, the Baobab bar, Eden Kitchen restaurant, coffee house, climbing frame, mini activity centres and Eden’s culturally rich ‘core’, where interactive displays and exhibits afford a fascinating insight into the innovative project.
Trebah’s colourful wealth of tropical flowers spills to their private Helford River beach, where water and land collide to soul-stirring effect. With over four miles of footpath, there’s oodles of scenic space to rove, while adventure play areas and children’s trails make it an idyllic location for family (and dog) friendly fun.
Cornwall’s Bamboo Garden is located at this fourteen-acre spectacular, where you’ll also discover a magnificent 18th century stone manor house and a grotto walkway that leads to a beautiful Victorian bandstand at Gyllyngdune Gardens. Complete your stay with an alfresco cream tea on the terrace.
Presiding over the picturesque Porthluney Cove, Caerhayes is replete with exotic species of plants and flowers across 140 acres, as well as a spectacular John Nash-designed castle. From the National Magnolia Collection to English Heritage Listed Grade II woodland gardens, Caerhayes is a horticultural wonder to behold.
The stand out feature of this particularly magical jungle-like garden has to be its labyrinthine 176 year-old cherry laurel maze, where you can lose yourself to nature in the most enchanting way. Feast your eyes on everything from giant rhubarb to massive tulip trees located alongside the beautiful beachside town of Durgan on the Helford River.
The National Trust estate and house offers visitors with a variety of scenes, from summerhouses and riverside woodland walks to miles of countryside for dogs – and kids – to freely roam. Enjoy wildlife spotting and ‘wild art’, venture inside Trelissick House to view the Copeland-Spode china collection and spoil your senses to the seasonal spectacle of whatever’s in breath-taking bloom.
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