Enjoying the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the magical gardens in Cornwall are home to a wealth of exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees.
From wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns, from the small and unusual to large and famous. Off the top of our heads we easily came up with at least 40 different gardens to visit! So here are just a few of the less visited gardens within 30 mins of Roundhouse Barns…
A thriving sub-tropical valley garden which runs down to the Helford River near the fishing village of Durgan. Wind through the exotic gardens to meet the water’s edge. (Stroll across a couple of fields to get to the Ferry Boat Inn for a lunch with a stunning view).
Pinetum Park, St Austell
A 30 acre plantman’s paradise with over 6000 labelled rare & unusual plants. Colourful, inspired planting with fine herbaceous borders. Includes several water features, shrubberies, formal garden, cottage garden, pinetum, arboretum & a Japanese garden.
Trewithen, near Truro
Has champion trees and rare shrubs, a wildflower meadow and woodland glades, exotic fern collections and tree top viewing platforms, it would be hard to find anywhere more beautiful or more intriguing than Trewithen’s deservedly famous garden.
Lamorran Garden, St Mawes
Enjoy the glittering sea views over Falmouth Bay from this stunning Mediterranean-style garden. Lamorran boasts over four-acres of sub-tropical paradise. It is quite steep though, we gaily strolled down and then realised it is all uphill on the way back! So avail yourself of a cream tea as a reward at the top of the hill.
Poppy Cottage Garden, Ruanhighlanes
Covers an acre of land, themed as a series of small rooms, each a garden in themselves. Brimming with bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and exotics with plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake. This is a garden that we can all relate too and maybe pick up a few ides to take home. At the end of the garden is a small orchard with unusual ducks and those fluffy leg chickens!
We could mention more – Caerhays, Trelissick, Glendurgan, Heligan, Eden Project, Enys with its bluebell woods, to name but a few,but we think you can already see you are spoilt for choice!
It is rare for a week to go by when we don’t see a few plants being loaded into the back of a car as our guests depart, we can only hope that they all thrive when they get home.
So be quick, book your spring break at Roundhouse Barns, check out the Special Offers – and if you have missed your preferred dates for 2016 then why not be prepared and book ahead for 2017!