Snapshot Guide: 5 Fab Gardens in Cornwall
It’s no secret that spring arrives earlier in Cornwall, so now’s the time to take advantage of the season before the wonderful yet refreshing Cornish summer showers commence!
If you love gardens, flowers, peaceful landscapes and breezy, meandering walks amongst the shade of leaves and rays of spring sunshine, let this snapshot guide be the gin and tonic in your hand – an appetizer (if you will), a precursor, of how you could be spending your time right now in Cornwall.
In springtime the gardens of Cornwall are in full bloom from daffodils and bluebells to rhododendrons and azaleas – the colours are dazzling, so-much-so we almost feel guilty about having such splendid places to ourselves (almost).
So, to help you discover and explore the wonderful gardens in Cornwall, we’ve given our thoughts on our favourite five of the moment. Come along and enjoy them!
Trebah aptly claim their garden is a sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. We’re certainly always impressed by their collection of black, yellow and green cane bamboo every time we visit, and the humongous Japanese Maples that are officially the largest of their kind in the country.
It’s also a real treat to have a pit stop and munch a few rich tea biscuits at Alice’s Seat, their cob and thatch summer house, named after Trebah’s 1907’s co-owner Alice Hext.
Good stuff you can look at now on their website:
1. Seasonal Notes What looks good in the garden this springtime
2. Year In Flower Before booking your holiday, find out what you can expect at Trebah throughout the year
Trebah are also offering discounted entry in May to anyone booking a Gardens of Cornwall Hotel Break with us at Mullion Cove Hotel. Click here for more details.
“I have put so much of myself into the garden, and it has given me so much joy, that I want to share it with others.” Sue Nathan, Bonython Gardens Estate
Only a stone’s throw from Mullion Cove Hotel, Bonython Estate Gardens is one of our favourites. The estate comprises an 18th century Manor, farm and woodland stretching almost from one side of the peninsular (The Helford River) to the other (the beach at Poldhu Cove).
We love their walled garden with herbaceous borders and the traditional Potager Garden. It’s magnificent in springtime with traditional Cornish rhododendrons, azaleas, woodland flowers and bulbs.
1. Explore the three lakes that run through the garden from a natural stream towards the sea
2. Take in the rhododendrons, irises, pontedera cordata , pampas grass and spring daffodils
3. Seek out the cannas, rubeckias, proteas, restios and dahlias on the lush banks of the second lake
Trelissick is tranquil, has epic views and a superb collection of exotic plants. The garden is also open to dog owners and sells dog biscuits from their picnic area kiosk – major bonus!
The courtyard houses a lovely old farm building which has been converted into a shop, and a barn that showcases local artists’ work which is definitely worth a snoop. The garden itself is elevated so you can see wooded valleys and glimpses of the sea.
Their rhododendrons, bluebells, daffodils and hydrangeas are a proper treat in the springtime.
Recommendations they give on their website:
1. Take the Trelissick to Roundwood Quay Walk and discover defensive and industrial earthworks ruins
2. See stunning views from the tennis lawn or upriver to Tregothnan
3. Enjoy our four summerhouses
Glendurgan boasts that there are 50 things you should do at the Garden before you’re 11¾, oh to have that much energy again! In lieu of a fair few youthful kilojoules, we’ve put together a list of four much more attainable antics:
1. Have an amble round their maze with a packed lunch in case you need to leave breadcrumbs
2. Enjoy a sunny spot in the sheltered cove at Durgan on the Helford River
3. Find peace in The Valley Garden, hidden by a belt of glorious woodland with sea glimpses
4. Stroll around and enjoy wild flowers, a young orchard, exotic tree ferns and lovely dogwoods
Far from being lost in the 21st century, the Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the most popular attractions in Cornwall, and we love it. If you’re a sucker for a good story (like we are), then Heligan will not disappoint.
From the 1200s through to the present day, Heligan’s history unfolds like a chapter in an ancient manuscript, cataloging the Tremayne family ownership, years of abandonment and its final restoration. We particularly love the Lost Valley, a peaceful home to ancient trees and carpets of bluebells.
Other stuff that makes them unique:
1. Victorian Productive Garden Housing over 200 varieties of heritage fruit, vegetables, salad and herbs. Yum!
2. Gardener’s Blog Great for picking up tips on pruning, fleecing, netting, and the suchlike
3. The Horsemoor Hide Witness nature outside and inside through a quirky x-ray vision display
Gardens of Cornwall Hotel Break
Why not book a hotel break in Cornwall and explore these beautiful gardens? Our Gardens of Cornwall Break is available for the month of May 2013 only on a per room per night basis for two people sharing, includes three-course evening dinner, coffee and full English breakfast daily and welcome drinks at reception.
You can also include a garden hamper of locally-produced Cornish goodies and a bottle of bubbly as part of your stay for £30, with doggy treats for furry guests.
Share your experiences
Have you visited a beautiful Cornish garden recently? Or have you booked a hotel break with us this spring? Share your thoughts and comments with us in the box below or tell us about your experiences through our social media pages.
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