From visiting the Mud Maid at Lost Gardens of Heligan to walking through the 17th century Japanese Garden, we have found just 9 of the prettiest gardens to visit…
Trengwainton Garden, Madron
Explore the beautiful Trengwainton Garden in Madron with its award-winning magnolias, rhododendrons and exotic species to discover from around the world. Follow the woodland path until you reach the sea where you will be greeted with picturesque views across Mount Bay. Enjoy a pit-stop at the tea room and pick up a sweet treat or order a light lunch with a warming beverage; or absorb the magical atmosphere as you tuck into a tasty picnic under a tree in the woods. Trengwainton Garden is open from February until the end of October.
Pine Lodge Gardens at Pinetum Park, Saint Austell
Over 30-acres of beautiful gardens waits for you at Pine Lodge Gardens, situated in the town of Saint Austell. Bring your four-legged friend for a day out as you both enjoy the flourishing flora and stunning greenery; the gardens are home to over 6000 different types of plants. We recommend that you visit the Japanese Garden, a 17th century inspired garden with lovely views of the Capability Brown inspired lake and parkland. Enjoy a Cornish cream tea at the tea room and on sunnier days sit outside in the beautiful courtyard with a refreshing beverage. This Saint Austell gem is open all year apart from 24th – 26th December.
Trewithen Gardens and Nursery, near Truro
Experience rich history at Trewithen Gardens and Nursery, the private estate that has been part of the same family for over 300 years. We just love the magical magnolia fountain which was built in 1996. As you walk round try and spot the roe deer, otters, brown hares and all of the stunning wildlife.
If you need a break, pop into the Tea Shed, a quaint café for a spot of lunch.
Pinsla Garden and Nursery, Bodmin
Immerse yourself in the gorgeous paths surrounded by flourishing flora at Pinsla Garden and Nursery in the town of Bodmin. Open for eight months of the year from February until the end of October; why not bring your well-behaved pooch too for a day out?
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Penzance
Situated in the west of Cornwall is this sub-tropical paradise with its woodland, streams and scenic views. We just love the Chelsea Floating Garden with its 41,000 pieces of slate art surrounded by stunning flowers and views. Roam the garden with your four-legged friend and stop off for a cup of freshly grounded coffee at Tremenheere Kitchen with a delicious sandwich.
Eden Project, Bodelva
Bodelva is home to the popular attraction, the Eden Project; plans started back in 1995 and the project opened six years later in 2001. There are so many highlights to these gardens but the ones we just adore are the ‘perfume gardens’, a place with so many beautiful scents from jasmine to lilies to lavender all of which are used in perfumes on the market today; some scents have even been said to improve a person’s mood or mental abilities. The ‘Mediterranean garden’ is a floral paradise with influences from the Mediterranean, California and South Africa.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Saint Austell
Famous for history, mystery and romance are the Lost Gardens of Heligan which are over 400 years old and are one of Europe’s largest garden restorations; although this paradise is a historic treasure, it was only just rediscovered 25 years ago. We recommend that you visit the ‘pleasure grounds’ for stunning woodlands, walkways and waterfalls to enjoy with loved ones. As you enter the ‘jungle’, walk along one of the longest Burmese Rope bridges in Britain and then immerse yourself in the exotic plants, beautiful trees and lavish foliage. Try and spot the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady as you walk into the Lost Valley and Ancient Woodlands.
Trebah Gardens, Falmouth
Situated in Falmouth is the Trebah Gardens which is open all year round with a picturesque backdrop of the Helford River. Make your way through the gardens and you will find yourself at a secluded beach on the edge of the river where you can sit and watch the world go by surrounded by birdsong and flora. Why not grab a bite to eat at Trebah Kitchen for some tasty food afterwards?
Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth
With a beach nearby why wouldn’t you want to visit the National Trust’s Glendurgan Garden in Falmouth? Sit under the tall trees and enjoy some quiet time while tucking into a picnic and adoring the wild and exotic plants that surround you. If you fancy an adventure, head to the garden’s maze and get lost with friends.
Written by Georgia Atkins