Cornish Gardens – Six on Saturday

Magnolias at Caerhayes in April

Having relatives in Cornwall we have been regular visitors over the years, seeing it at its worst in the depths of winter and at its best in spring when the lanes are full of spring flowers.

Each time we go we try to spend some time visiting gardens as well as walking on the moors.  We like to seek out gardens that we have not seen before but also like to revisit old friends to see how they change throughout the seasons.

Cornish gardens are many and varied but could often be characterised by their rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias in the spring and massive blossoming hydrangeas in late summer.  The climate certainly lends itself to growing more tender plants that may not be able to be grown ‘up country’.  However, the wind does certainly blow in the winter months and for those that garden in this county a lot of effort is placed on creating effective wind breaks to protect plants.

Here are a selection of six gardens that we have enjoyed on our visits to Cornwall.  As dog owners a key features has been that our four-legged friends can enjoy the visit with us.


One:  Trebah Garden ( www.trebah-garden.co.uk )

I think this is probably one of our favourite gardens of recent times.  A beautiful sub-tropical garden wending its way down the valley towards the sea.  Excellent for dogs and most importantly a great restaurant for lunch!

Trebah Gardens in August
Trebah Gardens in August
Looking up the valley at Trebah Gardens in August
Looking up the valley at Trebah Gardens in August

Location:  Mawnan Smith, Falmouth TR11 5JZ


Two:  Pinsla Garden ( pinslagarden.net )

Compared to some of the other gardens listed here this is a relatively small garden but one that has enormous charm.  Described as a ‘romantic artist’s garden’ it is full of interesting plants, sculptures and landscaping features around every corner.

Photo credit:  https://www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk

Location:  Glynn, Nr Cardinham, Bodmin PL30 4AY


Three:  Pencarrow House and Gardens ( pencarrow.co.uk )

The Italian Garden at Pencarrow in August 2018
The Italian Garden at Pencarrow in August 2018

Situated on the edge of Bodmin Moor the very formal Italianate gardens of the Georgian mansion are very different from many of the other Cornish gardens listed in this six.  The elegance of the garden fits the regency style beautifully and you can just imagine the well dressed visitors travelling up the valley to view the managed landscape garden.

Valley river garden at Pencarrow in August
Valley river garden at Pencarrow in August

Although many gardens now allow dogs on leads this is by far the most dog friendly garden and estate we have been to for a long time.  Walking through the woodland on the estate off the lead was a real pleasure.

Location:  Washaway, Bodmin PL30 3AG


Four:  Ken-Caro Garden

An interesting garden with lily ponds and wonderful views across the valley towards Dartmoor.  We visited in August but I suspect that like many Cornish gardens it would be worth visiting when the magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons are at their best.   Dogs on leads allowed.

Ken Caro garden ponds in August
Ken Caro garden ponds in August
View across the valley from Ken Caro Gardens in August 2018
View across the valley from Ken Caro Gardens in August 2018

Location:  Bicton, St Ive, Nr Liskeard PL14 5RF


Five:  The Lost Gardens of Heligan ( www.heligan.com )

Heligan in May
Heligan in May

This is one of Cornwall’s major tourist attractions and we had been rather reticent to go in case it was just too full of people.  However, with over 200 acres of gardens and estate it just soaks up the people and we found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable visit with a mix of relaxed Cornish sub-tropical gardens and more formal fruit and vegetable gardens.  Once again this garden is dog friendly.

Heligan 2- May
Walled garden at Heligan in May

Location: Pentewan, St.Austell PL26 6EN


Six:  Pinetum Gardens (previously Pine Lodge)  ( www.pinetumgardens.com )

Pine Lodge 2 - May
Japanese Garden at Pine Lodge in May

This is a garden we have visited on numerous occasions over the years and it never fails to please.  At different times of year it has very different things to offer.  I can remember us being totally blown away with the white wisteria bridge when we first visited and on subsequent occasions have noticed the huge range of unusual plants that we had not noticed on previous visits.  The Japanese garden is a real gem and more recently we have enjoyed watching the winter garden develop.  Well worth a visit.

Pinetum Garden in August
Pinetum Garden in August
Pinetum Garden in May
Pinetum Garden in May

Location: Holmbush, St Austell PL25 3RQ


 

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9 thoughts on “Cornish Gardens – Six on Saturday”

  1. When you turn into the drive at Pencarrow you need to stop and look back at the length of driveway on the other side of the lane. Monkey Puzzle avenue. Most people miss it and it’s one of the best bits. Can I slip in a plug for Tregrehan too, real plantsman’s garden.

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  2. I think the valley river garden at Pencarrow is just fabulous, and you’ve listed a garden I’ve actually been to: Heligan! I visited from Australia 20 years ago, and I can see from your photos that it has come a long way since then. It’s a treat to see those photos.

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  3. This is brilliant, thank you. We keep longing to holiday in Cornwall again, and I am more into gardening than I was when I visited fifteen years ago, so I would definitely need a few gardens. I have visited the Lost Gardens of Helligan, and do remember loving them.

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  4. Trebah Garden is my favourite and they do a lovely Sunday lunch too! I have yet to visit some of the ones on your list, but will certainly aim to go to the Pinetum to see the Winter Garden.

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  5. We also have family in Cornwall so visit fairly regularly and I’ve been to several of these. Lovely to see them again. Sadly my OH is a non-gardener and has limited tolerance for visiting such places so I have to pick carefully! I’ve returned from there today and had planned to visit Tremenheere Sculpture Garden on the way back. When I checked opening times last night I found it doesn’t open on Mondays! Disappointed doesn’t quite describe it. Next time 😏

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  6. I’m w/the other commentators – this was a real treat to see. All so different but all so really truly gorgeous. Wish I’d seen the monkey puzzle ave Jim mentioned – simply love them Have been saying I need to visit Cornwall & you’ve given me six more reasons to get it done.

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