Cornish Gardens

Cornish Gardens

Kernewek Lowarth

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Cornish Gardens

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All gardens, to some degree, owe their character to accidents of climate, geography and soil conditions: yet in Cornwall fate has equally played a part, creating an Eden for the plantsman.

Cornwall has a head start, in that it comes under the benign influence of the gulf stream. Extremes of temperature are relatively unknown and the soil acidity has encouraged a high degree of hybridisation with camellia and magnolia, azalea and rhododendron.

Cornwall's southern coast is like a giant hothouse that needs no glass. Forests of camellia's and rhododendrons wave at passing ships. The warming balm of the gulf stream, the early springs and long, lingering summers have created a sub-tropical enclave which, in the 19th century, encouraged a number of landowners to sponsor exotic plant-hunting expeditions throughout the then Empire.

The specimens they brought back were incorporated in formal gardens of astonishing scale and ambition. Despite the harsh extremes of salt spray, gales, and changes of ownership, most have survived - and each has a fascinating story to tell.

The Eden Project is a dramatic global garden the size of 30 football pitches nestling like a lost world in an old china clay pit near St. Austell and consists of several domes kept at different temperatures suiting many types of tropical plants.

Enjoy the award winning gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey, lost for 75 years under a mountain of ivy, bramble and fallen timber and now the largest garden restoration in Europe, containing rockeries, summer-houses, a crystal grotto and rainforest-like valley called "The Jungle". The famous walled gardens are being restored to become the only working 19th century kitchen gardens in Britain with peach houses, vineries, a melon house and pineapple pit as well as more familiar fruit and vegetables of the era.

Nearby, magnificent Caerhays Castle is the home of the Williams family and the Williams Camellia's. This world-famous collection, and the rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas that appear with them, provide a massive and exotic barrage of colour in spring, when the castle and lovely, seaside grounds are open.

Tregrehan, near Par, home of the Carlyon family since 1565, plays host to a fine collection of mature trees including varieties from North America and Japan as well as rhododendrons and a range of Carlyon Hybrid Camellia's.

Others, hardly more distant, demand your attention. There is the house and 450-acre park of Lanhydrock, first built and landscaped in the 17th century but almost completely devastated by fire in 1881, and now largely restored and replanted. And Trewithen, the Michelin award-winning estate near St. Austell, which has been owned by the same family since 1715, and which contains in its 30 acres of park perhaps the finest plant collection in the country.

Such gardens are living theatre. They fire the imagination. If having seen them you want to recreate their magic in your own garden, a visit to Probus Demonstration Garden is a must. Situated on the A390 between St. Austell and Truro, it sits, deliberately on an exposed ridge with thin soil so that visitors may see and learn what can be done with ingenuity and sound technique. Its expertise in countering the conditions to produce colourful sheltered garden layout continues a unique tradition and makes the exotic accessible.

Trelissick Gardens at Feock near Truro, are National Trust owned and are just a short ferry ride on the King Harry Ferry from the Roseland Peninsula.

Further south are the luscious gardens located near the Helford Estuary such as Carwinion, Glendurgan and Trebah to name a few.

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Antony Woodland Garden, Torpoint
Boconnoc House and Garden, Lostwithiel
Bodwannick Manor, Bodmin
Bonython Estate Gardens, Helston
Bosahan Garden, Helston
Boscawen Park, Truro
Bosvathick House and Garden, Falmouth
Bosvigo House and Garden, Truro
Burncoose House, Garden & Nurseries, Redruth
Caerhays Castle, Gorran
Carclew Garden, Truro
Carleen Subtropical Gardens, Helston
Carminowe Valley Garden, Helston
Carwinion, Falmouth
Catchfrench Manor Gardens, St. Germans
Chegwyn Rose Garden, St. Agnes
Chygurno Gardens, Lamorna
Chyverton Park, Truro
Cotehele House, Calstock
Creed House and Garden, Grampound
East Down Barn, Menheniot
Ellis Nurseries & Gardens, Polyphant
Enys Gardens, Penryn
Ethnevas Cottage, Constantine
Ethy House Gardens, Lerryn
Fox Rosehill, Falmouth
Furzeball Cottage, Polruan
Garvinack Farm Woodland, Truro
Glen Carne Nursery & Gardens, St. Agnes
Glendurgan, Falmouth
Grignan, Perranporth
Gyllyngdune Gardens, Falmouth
Headland Garden, Polruan
Hidden Valley Gardens, Par
Higher Truscott Garden, Launceston
Ince Castle Gardens, Saltash
Ken-Caro Gardens, Liskeard
Kestle Barton Gardens and Gallery, Helford
Kimberley Park, Falmouth
Ladock House, Truro
Lamorran Gardens, St. Mawes
Lanhydrock, Bodmin
Lanterns, Mylor
Longcross Victorian Gardens, Port Isaac
Lower Bradford Sculpture Garden, Blisland
Marsh Villa Gardens, Par
Mary Newman's Cottage, Saltash
Morrab Gardens, Penzance
Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park, Torpoint
Moyclare Gardens, Liskeard
Nansawsan House, Truro
Northwood Water Gardens, St. Neot
Oak Lodge Woodland Garden, Bodmin
Penberth Garden, St. Buryan
Pencarn, Wadebridge
Pencarrow House & Gardens, Bodmin
Penheale Manor, Launceston
Penjerrick Garden, Falmouth
Penpol House, Hayle
Penrose Water Gardens, Truro
Pinetum Gardens, St. Austell
Pinetum, Calstock
Pinsla Garden and Nursery, Cardinham
Poldowrian, Coverack
Polgwynne, Truro
Poppy Cottage Garden, Veryan
Potager Garden, Falmouth
Prideaux Place, Padstow
Probus Gardens, Truro
Queen Mary Gardens, Falmouth
Riverside Cottage, St. Clement
Roseland House, Garden & Nursery, Chacewater
Rosteague Manor, Portscatho
St. Kitts Herbery, Camelford
St. Michael's Mount, Marazion
Scorrier House, Redruth
Tanglewood Wild Garden, Penzance
Tehidy Country Park, Camborne
Thanckes Park, Torpoint
The Eden Project, St. Austell
The Hollies, Grampound
The Homestead Woodland Garden, Helston
The Japanese Garden, St. Mawgan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey
The Old Mill Herbary, Bodmin
The Round Garden, Crantock
Towan Camellias, Truro
Trebartha, North Hill
Trebah, Falmouth
Tregoose Garden, Truro
Tregothnan, Truro
Tregrehan Garden, Par
Tregullow, Scorrier
Trelean Valley Garden, Helston
Trelissick Garden, Truro
Trelowarren House and Garden, Helston
Trematon Castle and Gardens
Tremeer Gardens, St. Tudy
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Penzance
Trenarren House, St. Austell
Trenarth Gardens, Falmouth
Trengwainton, Penzance
Trereife Garden, Penzance
Trerice, Newquay
Trerose Manor, Falmouth
Tresco Abbey Garden, Isles of Scilly
Tresillian House Garden, Newquay
Trevarno Manor Garden, Helston
Trevince Estate Gardens, Redruth
Trewan Hall, St. Columb Major
Trewidden Garden, Penzance
Trewithen Gardens, Grampound Road
Trewoofe House, Lamorna
Trist House Garden, Veryan
Varfell Farm, Penzance
Victoria Gardens, Truro
Waye Cottage, Lerryn
Wetherham Manor Gardens, St. Tudy
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