The Gulf stream ensures that spring comes early to Cornwall. The best time to visit the gardens is between March and May,when everything is fresh and lush with vibrant colours.
Our personal favourite is The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most popular gardens in the UK. There is just so much to see, formal gardens, a jungle walkway, a huge walled vegetable garden, an Italian garden and that’s before you visit the wildlife areas, the bird hide, the farm animals, etc. Barbara has a soft spot for the Tamworth piglets – usually born in April and absolutely hilarious to watch.
Set on it’s own peninsula the National Trust owned, Trelissick Gardens offers
Caerhays Garden is home to a National Magnolia Collection, the gardens are truly a spring-time wonderland for visitors. The 120 acre woodland gardens are English Heritage Listed and it’s no surprise. Huge magnolias, camellias and azaleas, a stunning location with the castle, lake and views over Porthluney beach means that you are never short of something to look at. Only open from February to the end of June, spring is the only time to see these beautiful gardens with a carpet of primroses, daffodils and bluebells.
Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden with over four miles of footpath. With canopies bursting with exotic blooms., vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to a secluded beach on the Helford River. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Tie your visit in to have a drink or a meal at the Ferryboat Inn at Helford Passage.
Check out a couple of smaller gardens too, Enys Gardens near Penryn, has the most beautiful display of bluebells every spring and Lammorran Gardens in St Mawes is a beautiful Italianate garden with sea views at every turn.
Of course all of the gardens have lovely cafe’s for a rest, a refreshing drink and a piece of home made cake after all that walking and admiring of plants. For the keen gardener most have shops as well so you can buy the plants you have seen.
Roundhouse Barn courtyard is regularly packed with plant bags, waiting to be taken home!