From the romance and mystery of wild woodland to manicured lawns, statuary and dazzling flowerbeds, Cornwall’s gardens offer joy untold whether on a grand or intimate scale, and many are open year-round. At Lanhydrock history and horticulture reign. Owned by the National Trust, this imposing house has 450 acres of wooded park containing rare shrubs and trees. At elegant Prideaux Place, a beautiful Elizabethan house, the 60-acre estate has a 5th century deer park.
Boconoc, inland from Fowey, boasts grand architecture, important historical links, and excellent trails. Stunning seasonal snowdrop and bluebell displays mark the calendar at Georgian Pencarrow, an historical and horticultural treasure. For small and inspirational, visit Pinsla Gardens, a one-and-a-half acre work of horticultural art. Every family member will love the Eden Project with its giant biomes – including a lush jungle and 75ft waterfall – it’s educational and entertaining, a green theme park with an exciting events programme.
Cornwall’s mild climate has created gardens of exquisite diversity, nurturing native and exotic plants: not for nothing has it been described as the ‘garden capital of the world’.