Cornwall Living 2018

Great Cornish gardens

The Great Gardens of Cornwall celebrate their Silver Anniversary this year as a riot of colour heralds the start of spring.

Some 25 years ago, 12 of Cornwall’s largest, most important gardens united in order to improve the experience of visitors. Now, the gardens are home to a thriving and exciting collection of rare and beautiful plants and trees that aren’t seen anywhere else in the British Isles. To celebrate 25 years of unison, a commemorative book has been commissioned and written by acclaimed gardening broadcaster, Tim Hubbard, outlining the unique history of each. Available now, The Great Gardens of Cornwall – The People and Their Plants, is packed with photographs, quotes and anecdotes from some of the hundreds of dedicated gardeners who’ve worked on Cornwall’s gardens over the centuries.

From woodland retreats to historic rolling parkland, modern and ancient gardens and a stunningly varied selection of sculptures from around the world, there’s something both formal and informal to suit everybody. Marvel at the great canyon of hydrangeas at Trebah; immerse yourself in the Mediterranean landscape of Lamorran, or take a step back in time at the historic Tregothnan. Spend a day exploring the impressive and ever-evolving bio-domes of the Eden Project or discover the Lost Gardens of Heligan, veiled for decades in weeds thanks to the First World War.

On the Caerhays Estate, you and yours can peruse the Plant Heritage National Collection of Magnolias, which contains more than 600 species and named hybrids from around the globe. When the Cornish sun is shining, make the most of the incredible headland views and the pleasant dog walks (yes, it’s dog friendly!). On wetter days, you can explore the castle and it’s rich tapestry of history.

With such magnificent diversity, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy in Cornwall. Each garden represents excellence in its own, inimitable way and, for those with a green finger, a wealth of hints, tips and expert advice is always on hand. You’ll also find gardening tours and plants and seeds for sale, including hybrids that are unique to Cornwall.

Offering all the facilities you could ask for on a day out, including disabled access and catering, the 12 members of the Great Gardens of Cornwall work together to ensure that every visitor to our county’s stunning gardens comes away with an experience they’ll never forget.


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