With spring well and truly in swing, you can start to plan that perfect holiday in Cornwall. If you can’t wait till summer then Cornwall offers some amazing, more sheltered alternatives to the coast path and beaches. There is an abundance of incredible gardens to explore in Cornwall with an, even more, amazing array of plants on display. Benefiting from the Gulf Stream, the Cornish climate allows plants to thrive that would simply perish further North. Let us help you find the perfect spot for a picnic with our guide to gardens in Cornwall.
As we approach April we will leave behind the Daffodils and instead enjoy the arrival of Bluebells, as if to signal how close to summer we are! You can see Bluebells at many locations, but near to Gwel an Mor you can see blankets of purple at Tehidy Woods or Godolphin House.
Here are some of our favourite gardens to explore:
Set in a secluded valley on the South coast of Cornwall, this garden winds down to a secluded beach on the Helford River. Amongst the amazing flowers and trees, you’ll find an amazing Laurel maze, perfect for passing the time for young and old alike. The garden is maintained and run by the National Trust, so you can expect great facilities too.
A little further up the Helford River is Trebah Garden, a privately owned and managed 26-acre sub-tropical garden. It is a true gem, ranked in the top 80 gardens in the world! The garden descends through a steep valley to another secluded beach and is home to a vast array of exotic plants and also has a well-noted cafe.
During the early 20th century the Bolitho family imported and planted a huge amount of exotic plants, they thrived in the climate of this garden situated just outside Penzance in West Cornwall. You’ll find Magnolias and Rhododendrons amongst secluded woodland walks, awash with colour through the year but coming to life in spring. Take plenty of time to take it all in, before retiring to the excellent tea room – with freshly baked cakes every day!
Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden
Although not strictly a ‘garden’ it is certainly worth a look. Away from the hustle and bustle of St Ives is a garden filled with sculptures created by one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. As if by magic the sculptures seem to blend perfectly with the surrounding exotic plants, making it a relaxing and calming place to spend some time. The sculptures themselves are made from stone, bronze and wood and are internationally renowned and are looked after and managed by the Tate Gallery, another place worth a visit if you are on holiday in Cornwall.
Again, this may not be a ‘garden’ in the strictest sense, but there is no doubting its credentials and allure. The tropical and Mediterranean biomes are a feast for the senses, with plants representative of those regions all housed in what is essentially the biggest greenhouse in the world! The Eden Project provides both education and entertainment and is one attraction in Cornwall that is always worth a visit…especially if you are a horticultural enthusiast!