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  • Antony Woodland Garden

    Opening Details: 1st Mar - 31st Oct on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holidays.
    Feature plant(s):

    camellia, hydrangea, magnolia, rhododendron, snowdrop, wild garlic, primrose, bluebell

    Inspiration for:

    Woodland planting

    Dogs (on leads): Yes
    Adult Charge £: 7.00

    An idyllic location and home to over 600 different camellias, 250 different types of magnolias and a good many other ornamental woody plants including hydrangeas and rhododendrons. National Collection of Camellia japonica. Drifts of wild flowers can be enjoyed in the spring, including snowdrops, wild garlic, primroses and bluebells. Two main areas comprise Read more [...]

  • Boconnoc

    Opening Details: May 2nd, 7th and 13th only - see events tab
    Feature plant(s):

    magnolia, rhododendron, azalea, hydrangea, wildflowers

    Inspiration for:

    woodland planting, spring flowering shrubs

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    No

    Adult Charge £: 0.00

    Ancient woodland, a shrubbery and a palm-fringed pool and waterfall. A tropical paradise within this beautiful estate garden. Venue of the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show. Begin your tour near the house, in the Dorothy Garden, which features fountains and plenty of flowers.  There’s a Shrubbery, boasting 34 different Read more [...]

  • Bonython

    Opening Details: Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm from Monday 16 April to Friday 14 September except Bank Holidays.
    Feature plant(s):

    rhododendrons, azalea, ornamental grasses, canna, rubeckia, protea, fern, bamboo

    Inspiration for:

    African planting

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 8.00

    The Bonython Estate, down on the Lizard Peninsula, is remarkable for the speed at which the current owners (Sue & Richard Nathan) have taken what was a neglected garden at the turn of the Millenium and turned it into such an accomplished and established landscape today. Sue is originally from Read more [...]

  • Burncoose

    Opening Details: Year round. 8.30am-5pm (Suns 11-5)
    Feature plant(s):

    bluebell, daffodil, primrose, snowdrop, violet, hydrangea, ferns, magnolia, rhododendron, camellia

    Inspiration for:

    woodland planting, shrubs, trees

    Adult Charge £: 0.00

    A 30 acre woodland garden, adjacent to the multi-award winning Burncoose Nurseries. Free entry all year. Tours by arrangement. This garden has been open to the public since 1984, following restoration in the wake of a devastating storm in 1979 which brought down over a hundred trees. Woodland plants carpet Read more [...]

  • Caerhays

    Opening Details: 19th Feb - June 17th
    Feature plant(s):

    Magnolia, Rhododendron

    Dogs (on leads): Yes
    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 9.00

    Home to a National Magnolia Collection, the gardens at Caerhays are a spring-time wonderland for visitors. The 120 acre woodland gardens are English Heritage Listed Grade II. The origins of this historically important collection of Chinese plants can be traced back to the work of the great plant hunters Ernest Read more [...]

  • Eden Project

    Opening Details: All Year
    Feature plant(s):

    rainforest, mediterranean, tree ferns, fruit trees, vegetables

    Inspiration for:

    Sustainable gardening

    Dogs (on leads): Yes
    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 27.50

    Contemporary, ambitious and exciting, the Eden Project has quickly become famous across the world. Its covered Biomes house the largest rainforest in captivity and a contrasting Mediterranean landscape. Surrounding the domes are diverse and productive outdoor garden spaces. Eden combines horticulture, plant preservation and celebration with educational facilities which Cornish Read more [...]

  • Enys

    Opening Details: 1st Apr - 30th Sept. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons : from 2pm - 5pm. Sundays: from 11am-5pm. Bluebell Week: Saturday 5th May - Sunday 13th May, open from 11am - 5pm every day.
    Feature plant(s):

    bluebell, tulip tree, ginkgo biloba, bamboo, tree fern, gunnera

    Inspiration for:

    Southern hemisphere species. Woodland planting.

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 6.00

    Most famous locally for its magnificent bluebells. Visit the garden in the spring when they are at their most abundant and you will quite possibly have never seen anything as spectacular. The estate’s flower garden is being restored and there are woodland areas as well as New Zealand inspired planting. Please Read more [...]

  • Hidden Valley Gardens

    Opening Details: Daily from: 20th March – 15th October 10.00am – 6.00 pm (not Tues/Weds)
    Feature plant(s):

    ferns, iris, dahlia, crocosmia, clematis, agapanthus

    Inspiration for:

    Mediterranean, herbaceous, cottage garden, pond, Japanese, fruit, fernery, wildlife

    Adult Charge £: 5.00

    An intimate three-acre garden and specialist nursery. Nestled in a secluded hidden valley, near Fowey. The Garden has many themes including a Mediterranean area, colourful herbaceous garden beds, a ‘hot’ border, pond garden, Japanese area and an iris garden, plus a potager, fruit area and fernery. It is probably best Read more [...]

  • Japanese Garden

    Opening Details: 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week from the 1st March until the 31st October.
    Feature plant(s):

    bonsai, maple, cherry, camellia, azalea, bamboo

    Inspiration for:

    Japanese style gardening

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    No

    Adult Charge £: 5.00

    The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of nature with an artistic refinement using shaping & styling of plants & natural elements. Different and interesting in every changing season, it’s a place of tranquility.

  • Kestle Barton

    Opening Details: 24th Mar - 3rd Nov. Not Mondays. 10:30-17:00
    Feature plant(s):

    meadow, wild flowers, grasses

    Inspiration for:

    meadows, wildflowers, herbaceous, perennials

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 0.00

    An ancient Cornish farmstead set in fields and woods on The Lizard. Created for artist residences and holiday letting. The gallery is the site’s main focus but the garden provides a wonderful setting and will be of interest to gardeners who appreciate a gentle and naturalistic design.  Both are open Read more [...]

  • Lamorran

    Opening Details: Apr - Sept (Weds & Fri) 10am - 5pm.
    Feature plant(s):

    tree fern, palm, rhododendron, azalea

    Adult Charge £: 9.00

    4 acres of south-facing hillside near St. Mawes. Featuring an extensive, eclectic and unusual range of sub-tropical plants, over 35 species of palm and a collection of tree ferns, all within an Italianate inspired design. A plantsperson’s paradise. Steep narrow or steep paths, so unsuitable for wheelchair users or those with limited Read more [...]

  • National Dahlia Collection

    Opening Details: July to Sept
    Feature plant(s):

    Dahlias

    Inspiration for:

    Dahlias, Cut Flowers

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    No

    Adult Charge £: 0.00

    This collection garden is open mid-July to the end of September, usually on an “open but unattended basis” at no charge. The opening period may be extended to October, pending weather conditions and the Dahlia’s remaining in flower. 2017 times were 9am to 5pm. Due to the variation of season dates Read more [...]

  • Penjerrick

    Opening Details: 1 March – 30 September every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, 13:30-16:30 or by appointment
    Feature plant(s):

    rhododendrons, magnolias, tree ferns, gunnera

    Inspiration for:

    Sub-tropical planting.

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    No

    Adult Charge £: 3.00

    A semi-tropical garden with a peaceful, yet wild and untamed atmosphere that draws the imagination and soothes the senses. Spreading across 15 acres, the gardens are home to a botanical collection of considerable historical interest and awe-inspiring natural beauty, including rhododendrons, magnolias, tree ferns and gunnera gathered from around the globe.

  • Pinetum

    Opening Details: Year round, 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm)
    Feature plant(s):

    numerous

    Inspiration for:

    diverse range of planting styles

    Dogs (on leads): Yes
    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 10.00

    A 30-acre idyllic garden which has been created over the past four decades. Home to one of the largest plant collections in Cornwall, spread over ten individually themed garden rooms. Also home to several ‘Champion’ trees (defined by being either the largest in height or widest in girth for their Read more [...]

  • Pinsla

    Opening Details: 23rd Feb - 31st Oct
    Feature plant(s):

    ferns, succulents, bedding plants, grasses, shrubs, foxgloves, birch, ivy, campion, cyclamen, erythronium, epimedium, hosta, annuals, acer, acacia, bamboo, aeonium, echiveria, aloe

    Inspiration for:

    woodland plants, cottage gardens

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 3.50

    Pinsla is a peaceful haven, lovingly developed over the past 35 years by Mark and Claire Woodbine, who regard themselves as garden artists; working sympathetically with the landscape, whilst also creating delightful surprises. Woodland surrounds a garden which is in harmony with its setting. There are secret paths and unusual Read more [...]

  • Poppy Cottage

    Opening Details: Mar - Oct 12.30-5pm. Closed Fri and Sat.
    Feature plant(s):

    Herbaceous, unusual plants, shrubs and bulbs

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 4.00

    A delightful cottage garden of just under an acre comprising of several garden rooms and themed borders. A plantsman’s paradise filled with bulbs, herbaceous plants, shrubs, exotic plants and trees, plus a small orchard with unusual ducks and chickens!

  • Tanglewood Wild Garden

    Opening Details: Good Friday to End Oct 10am to dusk
    Feature plant(s):

    Native and exotic plants and trees.

    Inspiration for:

    Wildlife friendly planting

    Dogs (on leads): Yes
    Restaurant/Cafe:

    No

    Adult Charge £: 5.00

    A deliberately non-commercialised garden, kept as natural and wild as possible. Appealing to those looking for an oasis of peace and tranquility. Also family-friendly as it’s a lovely place to take a picnic and there’s a rope swing for children. 9 acres including 4 ponds, sympathetic planting of native trees Read more [...]

  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan

    Opening Details: All Year
    Feature plant(s):

    camelia, rhododendron, gunnera, tree ferns, palms, bluebells, vegetables, fruit trees, wildflowers

    Inspiration for:

    Home grown fruit and veg, tropical planting

    Dogs (on leads): Yes
    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes.

    Adult Charge £: 14.50

    200 acres of gardens and estate. Something of interest to all gardeners. A genuine secret garden, it was lost for decades; its history consigned to overgrowth.  

  • Trebah

    Opening Details: All Year except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2017.
    Feature plant(s):

    rhododendron, magnolia, camelia, tree fern, hydrangea, bamboo, palm, gunnera

    Inspiration for:

    Sub-tropical plants, coastal gardens.

    Dogs (on leads): Yes
    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 10.00

    A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. Open every day of the year. Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to our very own secluded beach Read more [...]

  • Tregrehan

    Opening Details: 15th Mar - 31st May (Not Mon, Tues or Sat) 10:30am - 5:00pm. Then, 1st June - 31st Aug (Weds only) 1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Feature plant(s):

    Camelias, South hemisphere plants, dramatic trees, magnolia, rhododendron

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    No

    Adult Charge £: 7.00

    Tucked into the head of St Austell Bay lies Cornwall’s Temperate Rainforest at Tregrehan. Protected by the hills behind, massive trees and parkland, sits a sheltered botanical oasis; one of Cornwall’s Great Gardens. This family run estate welcomes everyone to share and enjoy its non commercial atmospheric setting. It is a Read more [...]

  • Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

    Opening Details: 10th February - 28th Oct 2018
    Feature plant(s):

    palm trees, succulents, bamboo, ferns

    Inspiration for:

    palm, agave, succulents, bamboo, fern

    Dogs (on leads): Yes
    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 8.00

    A relatively new, 22 acre exotic and sub-tropical garden near Penzance. Woodland and tropical planting, showcasing artistic sculptural creations set throughout the grounds.

  • Tresco Abbey

    Opening Details: All Year 10:00 - 16:00
    Feature plant(s):

    protea, echium, furcraea, strelitzia, pelargonium, pine, cypress,

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 15.00

    This tropical, island, garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa. It’s a subtropical paradise and a must to anyone visiting the Isles of Scilly, whatever the time of year. Even in the depths of winter, there are usually more Read more [...]

  • Trewidden

    Opening Details: 25th Feb – 23rd Sept 2018
    Feature plant(s):

    rhododendron, magnolia, fuchsia, impatiens, camelia

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 7.00

    You approach Trewidden down a well kept gravel drive, which divides the ‘South Garden’ from the larger collection of outdoor rooms making up the northern areas of the estate. The entire 15 acres incorporates a magnificent collection of over 300 Camellias and Magnolias alongside one of the largest tree fern dells Read more [...]

  • Trewithen

    Opening Details: 1st Mar - 30th June
    Feature plant(s):

    magnolia, camellia, kashmir cypress, rhododendron

    Restaurant/Cafe:

    Yes

    Adult Charge £: 8.50

    Trewithen means ‘house of the trees’. It boasts 30 acres of surrounding woodland gardens and more than two hundred acres of parkland. Open just in the spring until the end of June to visitors, it offers a rich history and huge variety of beautiful specimens. The attached plant nursery is, however, open between Read more [...]

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