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Gardens in Cornwall

From the Tamar through to Lands End, Cornwall is blessed with some of the UK's finest Gardens. We have listed numerous gardens below, both large and small, ranging from the unique 'Lost Gardens of Heligan' and Enys Gardens through to gardens at National Trust properties in Cornwall.

Caerhays Castle Gardens

Gorran, St Austell PL26 6LY
T: 01872 501310

Nestled in a sheltered valley overlooking Porthluney Beach the 120 acre Caerhays Castle Gardens are everything you could wish for in a spring woodland garden.

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Enys Gardens

St Gluvias, Penryn TR10 9LB
T: 01326 377621


If you are visiting Cornwall and want to see a truly unspoilt garden then you should head for Enys Gardens near Penryn  between Falmouth and Truro open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the season. Cornwall has many National Trust Gardens but Enys is a woodland garden that is being sympathetically restored following years of isolation and basic maintenance. It's a bit like the Lost Gardens of Heligan before they were" found" and as such is unique in the county.

Open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons.

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Headland Garden

Polruan, Fowey PL23 1PW
T: 01726 870243

Headland Garden is yet another of Cornwall’s secrets which I discovered nestling on top of a cliff looking out across the Channel on one side and up the Fowey Estuary and over to Fowey on the other; a heavenly situation if ever there was one.

Jean Hill, who has lived in this enchanting haven for 36 years, welcomed me into her home where we chatted over a cup of coffee, before she showed me around. She told me that she and her husband moved to Polruan all those years ago into a house which was in disrepair and a garden which was a rock covered with weeds.

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Paradise Park

16 Trelissick Road, Hayle TR27 4HB
T: 01736 751020

Paradise Park is renowned for its birds but it also has extensive gardens and Tania Hopkinson went there to meet head gardener Chris Griffin.

Paradise Park was founded by the late Mike Reynolds in 1973 principally to house and breed rare and endangered exotic bird species, especially parrots.

The grounds extend to 14 acres around the Reynolds’ family home; previously owned by the Harvey family who had extensive business interests in and around Hayle during the 18th/19th century.

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Trelissick Garden

Feock, Nr Truro TR3 6QL
T: 01872 862090

On its own peninsular with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal, Trelissick has one of the most amazing natural settings in the country. There has been a settlement here dating back to the Iron Age, and today there are more than 30 acres of elevated gardens to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through significant collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, ginger lilies and year-round exciting woodland plants. As well as the garden, the 300 acre estate, with its countryside, woodlands and coast, make for breath-taking walks.

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Kestle Mill, Nr Newquay TR8 4PG
T: 01637 875404

Trerice is by no means your average garden and I wouldn’t suggest you should go there just for the plants, however go you certainly should! The garden comes with the house as an historic monument; so rich in history it makes my spine positively tingle. Trerice has been in the Arundell family for 13 generations over about 400 years; imagine that! And it was one of the Arundells who was responsible for bringing back from Holland the earliest example in England of curved gables which can be seen on the front of the house. The Arundells were a very wealthy family and quite ostentatious one can see an example of their wealth through the number and size of the windows (in Tudor times having windows was a sign of riches). The house was sold to the Acland family in 1802, changing hands several times before it was finally acquired by the National Trust in 1953.

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Tresco Abbey Gardens

Isles of Scilly TR24 0QQ
T: 01720 424105

Three “tiers” for Tresco.

Mike Nelhams, Curator of the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden, gives us a brief outline of the wonderful garden.

Picture if you can a small island no more than two miles long and thirty miles from the south west tip of England. On that island within the Isles of Scilly group sits Tresco Abbey Garden and within that garden there exists what can only be described as a unique collection of plants from the Mediterranean climate zones of the world.
A regular combination of mild wet winters and hot dry summers, a small temperature range and high humidity, coupled with external shelter protection enable the garden to be able to replicate the conditions from all five recognised Mediterranean floral regions, which are concentrated between latitudes 30 degrees and 45 degrees.

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Trewithen Gardens

Trewithen Gardens and Nursery
Nr Truro TR2 4DD
T: 01726 883647


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