Cornwall’s gardens are bursting into life with spring flowers and shrubs. Look out for swathes of golden daffodils, snowdrops, glossy leaved camellias, the first of the rhododendrons and azaleas and the glory that is a magnolia tree coming into flower.
Here are our favourite gardens to visit in February.
Enjoy the tranquility of the Olive Grove and School Room in the Silent Space garden. Explore the opportunities to reflect without interruptions of daily life! Their aim is to create spaces where people can relax, switch off from the hectic world we live in, not be disturbed at all by the human voice and engage with nature.
Pinetum gardens are open all year and have Cornwall’s biggest dedicated winter garden. The three acres have been designed like a rose, with the paths spiralling away from the centre, so there are plenty of curves and no straight lines. All the plants have winter flowers, beautiful bark, colourful foliage or heavily scented leaves. There are many heathers, hundreds of bulbs and some very unusual evergreen trees.
If you want to know your Whitebeam from your Hornbeam, or did you know the Horse Chestnut is a flowering plant in the soapberry and lychee family?? From 10th February join the National Trust rangers at 10am for a lesson in Tree identification.
Dramatic landscape and planting provide the backdrop to contemplative but inspirational artworks. Internationally and nationally renowned artists have interacted with the landscape to create site specific permanent works of art which harmonise with the micro-climate of kindly winter temperatures and shelter. All manner of exotic and half hardy plants flourish in this garden. The cafe is really good as well! Also if you are down that way pop into https://www.polgoon.com
With a full offering of all their Polgoon wines, ciders and juices the shop and deli also offers other locally made products and gifts, such as a range of jams, chutneys, eggs from their own hens, honey from their own bees and a range of wonderfully unique products from other producers around Cornwall.
Finally, we couldn’t not mention and honestly they don’t pay us commission – we just love it there!
This February Heligan invite you to meet the owls and to learn all about their feathered friends. Explore the gardens, find the bird sound boxes and test your knowledge to see if you can identify Heligan birds from their calls. Meet the Owls daily in The Barn from 11am till 4pm. Watch all the wild birds daily in The Hide from 10am till 4pm. Join in with the Great Heligan Bird Watch and see how many different types of birds you can see. Yes we know its for kids really, but who could resist joining in??
After a day out come back to your cosy cottage at Roundhouse Barns, escape, relax and unwind. Short breaks available from £255 and weeks from just £355 – there has never been a better time to treat yourself.