The Gardens of Cornwall
Cornwall has often been described as the gardening capital of the world thanks to a range of lush vegetation and vibrant colours, which are a true feast for the eyes and the senses.
The beautiful gardens of Cornwall are not just for the horticulturalist amongst us, any one of any age can appreciate the wonders of nature that are on display in these stunning gardens.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are one of the most famous gardens in Cornwall. The lost gardens were discovered by a delighted public in 1992 after decades of the gardens were hidden in overgrowth. The newly restored gardens were even hailed as “the garden restoration of the century” by the Times newspaper. Currently there are over 200 acres of gardens and grounds to explore which range from Maori-carved tree ferns from New Zealand to Alpine ravines and Italian gardens. There are also banana plantations, exotic jungles and so much more.
Tresco Abbey Gardens is one of the most famous gardens in the county and is famous for its exotic species. Thanks to the gardens location on the beautiful Scilly Isles a whole range of plant life can be grown here which would be impossible to grow on mainland Britain outdoors. The garden is home to over 20,000 exotic plants from over 80 countries from as afar apart as Brazil and New Zealand.
St. Michaels Mount is a famous rocky outcrop upon which a magnificent castle stands. Walk across the rocky causeway and follow in the footsteps of countless pilgrims and explore the tiny islands and the gardens that are set below the fairytale castle. The garden rises up from the sea to the castle and provides one of the most picturesque spots in Cornwall, yet the garden is often overlooked as most visitors to the island head straight to the castle. The garden contains many exotic plants which usually are suited at home in the southern hemisphere.
Trebah Garden is an award winning attraction. Its unique beauty is found in the 26 acres of ravine garden created over 160 years. The garden stretches from a high 200ft high wooded ravine down to a beach on the River Helford and features streams cascading over waterfalls and great Koi carp ponds. One of the most striking features of the beautiful gardens is its 2 acres of blue and white hydrangeas which spill down to the ravine on to the beach below.