Not only do Falmouth’s coastal offerings provide a wealth of eye candy during your visit to the gorgeous maritime town, but its plethora of gardens are also to be lusted after by anyone keen to immerse themselves into the area’s myriad of natural landscapes.
Home to a stunning array of parks and gardens, Falmouth’s prime south coast position perfectly supports a huge host of sub-tropical species of plants.
Warmed by the Gulf Stream and enjoying a mild maritime climate, its award-winning gardens combine artistically landscaped sites with natural open spaces for an awe-inspiring experience.
Situated on the scenic Helford River, Trebah is a dazzling display of gardens whose exotic, brightly coloured blooms cascade down to their private Helford River beach. Open every day of the year and with four miles of footpath, Trebah’s intoxicating mix of things to see and do makes it a popular choice, especially for families, who can enjoy adventure play areas Tarzan’s Camp, Fort Stuart and The Paraglide alongside seasonally changing children’s trails.
And with a host of entertainment staged in the amphitheatre, expect a scintillating schedule of theatre, music, puppetry, comedy and dance at a truly enchanting venue.
For an abundance of open space, head to Trelissick, which stakes prime position on the River Fal. The eco-friendly garden is dotted with features such as summerhouses, riverside woodland walks and pretty parkland, while the gardens themselves comprise the main lawn, Cornish orchard and tennis lawn. Then there’s the 300 acres of surrounding countryside to explore, including parkland, archaeological sites, creeks, woodland and Trelissick Beach.
Roam impressive displays of banana and bamboo from the exotic realms of Australia, South America and New Zealand at Fox Rosehill Gardens, and vibrant ornamental gardens including rockeries, herbaceous borders and spectacular summer flowerbeds at Queen Mary Gardens.
Then there’s Enys Gardens. Visit in May for a jaw-dropping, yet short-lived bluebell meadow carpeting Parc Lye to almost otherworldly effect, while a huge variety of other plant-life from champion trees to a flower garden filled with beautifully bright blooms can be discovered.
Cornwall’s Bamboo Garden can be found at fourteen-acre spectacular, Carwinnion Gardens, while a brilliant Tree Planting programme is in place at Kimberley Park, where local benefactors generously donate trees to help protect the town’s horticultural heritage.
For a playful day out amongst beautiful blooms, Gyllyngdune Gardens are just the ticket. The newly restored heritage gardens are located next to Princess Pavilion, providing plenty of indoor and outdoor space courtesy of the entertainment venue and surrounding swathes of lawn and garden. You’ll find a gorgeous original Edwardian bandstand and greenhouse, with a short stroll through the rose garden and monolithic arch delivering you to the seafront. And with an adventure playground and natural play area complete with shell grottos and dragon, it’s a fabulously family-friendly choice.
A tranquil, jungle-like valley and stunning sheltered beach spoils visitors to Gledurgan Garden, who will also delight in the 176 year-old cherry laurel maze and vast selection of incredible plants – from giant rhubarb to huge tulip trees all fringing the beautiful beachside town of Durgan on the Helford River.
The ‘living puzzle’ of a maze sits at the heart of the gardens with a thatched summerhouse in its centre, which is also home to the Giant’s Stride – a giggle-inducing rotating rope swing that ensures a fun and activity-packed day out for all.
All images in this blog were kindly provided by the official Falmouth website, www.falmouth.co.uk
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