Cornwall’s warm weather means it’s home to some of the most exotic plants and gardens in the UK, showcasing beautiful plants rarely seen in the wild.
Sunflowers, maize, tea, and grapes are already grown in the region, providing raw materials for some of the county’s top producers to use in their food and drink.
Here we round-up some of the best gardens in Cornwall, whether you’re looking for a formal setting or a more wild landscape to explore.
This beautiful 16th Century Georgian mansion and its manicured gardens is revealed in dramatic splendour as you approach via the mile-long driveway.
Providing a combination of formal landscaping and winding woodland walks, the gardens provide year-round colour and a range of beautiful plants in its famous Italian Gardens and the Victorian rock garden.
Highlights: Spring Snowdrops, Camellias, Rhododendrons, Primroses
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
One of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, the Lost Gardens of Heligan were originally created in the mid 18th Century but were neglected after the first World War.
They were rediscovered by chance in the late 1990s when a door was uncovered in the weeds and the undergrowth, leading to one of the most extensive garden restorations in the world.
The 200 acre gardens will surprise and delight around every corner, from the jungle boardwalk and the banana plantations to the 18th Century Summerhouse and the rich vegetable patches.
Highlights: Jungle rope bridge, thousands of Spring daffodils, stunning magnolia trees, Northern Summerhouse
Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this beautiful woodland garden nestles on the banks of the River Fal.
With a range of circular woodland walks, formal lawns, and mature planting, you’ll find plenty to admire, but don’t forget to also head inside and experience Trelissick House.
There are four Summer houses and lots of places for picnics on the way round, and you can even catch the King Harry ferry from the across to the Roseland Peninsula.
Highlights: Beautiful gardens stretching down to the river, the wonderful wisteria
Opened in 2003, this living attraction transformed an old clay tip in Cornwall into the eighth wonder of the world, voted the Best UK Leisure Attraction award in the British Travel Awards for four years a row.
Go prepared for tropical temperatures in the rainforest biome, where you can get up close and personal with the natural environments of West Africa, South America, South East Asia and the Tropical Islands.
See rare and exotic plants growing freely, brave the canopy walkway high above the ground, feel the spray from the waterfall, and meander through the landscapes of the Mediterranean.
Highlights: Scarcy skywalk, tumbling waterfall, the cool room in the tropical biome
This privately owned property and open gardens nestle on the sheltered hillside overlooking St Mawes on the South coast.
The gardens feature a maze of intricate pathways, secluded seating areas and fabulous Mediterranean planting and water gardens, as well as ponds overflowing with koi carp.
There are also areas of woodland, temples and archways, and you absolutely must sample the homemade cakes and cream teas on offer on the terrace. After the walk back up the steep hill from the bottom of the garden you’ll have earned it.
Highlights: Views of the estuary & St Anthony’s Head Lighthouse, giant Koy-carp in the pools
When to visit: Wednesdays and Fridays, from start of April to end of September
Check out the latest availability and book your gardening break to Cornwall to make the most of the county’s beautiful gardens.