Cornwall Living 2018

5 of the best gardens

From wild and enchanting to overflowing with colour and elegance, Cornwall has some truly stunning gardens to visit.

In an ideal world, we would take up 50 pages and show you all of the gardens in Cornwall, as in our eyes they are all amongst the finest in the world. Unfortunately, we only have room for five so make sure to take note of our small selection, wait for the sun to shine and head off to spend the day amidst beauty and splendour.

Pencarrow House

This Grade II listed Georgian home is steeped in history, with stunning gardens just waiting to be explored. A Victorian rockery, lake and Iron Age hill fort make up just some of the historic landscape and, if you visit in the warmer months, you’ll see the woodland carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic.

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Trelissick Estate

Trelissick Estate has a varied collection of plants with far reaching maritime views to enjoy as you walk through the garden. The main plant collections are magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. The main lawn is at the very heart of the garden with mixed exotic borders with a focal point being the iconic and huge cryptomeria japonica tree.

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan
St Austell

On Monday 16th February 1990, The Lost Gardens of Heligan were rediscovered amidst the brambles of time. Today, Heligan remains one of the most loved and romantic gardens in the UK, appreciated as much for its beauty and mystery as for the groundbreaking restoration project, which was the largest in Europe!

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Tanglewood Wild Gardens

Tanglewood is a garden shared equally by wildlife and people. The grass is long, the foliage dense, wild and filled with wonder – with the occasional humorous statue! You can stroll amidst beautiful untouched flora and fauna or shelter from the odd shower in the captivating Embryonic Eden, a polytunnel planted with stunning exotic plants!


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Boconnoc House and Gardens

This true Cornish garden must be seen in spring when the azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons are bursting with glorious colour. Many are still in place from the original planting 400 years ago. Look out for a rare camellia hiding amongst the rest, a cutting from the famous 230-year-old tree at Pillnitz Castle. Boconnoc House and Gardens are available to hire for weddings and events.

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