Now that spring has sprung, we’re looking forward to visiting some of our favourite Cornish Gardens. Here’s a selection of our top spots in Cornwall that are open to the public over the next few weeks.
Did you know? Tregothnan began supplying England’s first tea, which partly contains home-grown leaves in 2005. That’s 10 years of tea!
For one weekend a year, Tregothnan opens its usually private gates to the public to give people the opportunity to explore the workings of their beautiful grounds. This year, the historic estate will be open on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April. Tickets are £10 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.
The estate is located on banks of the beautiful River Fal. Keep an eye out for the sweeping vistas and peaceful secluded groves, relax and unwind in the stunning surroundings of the ancient camellias and explore the mountainous magnolias. Oh and the garden boasts the biggest Rhododendrons in the world with 40 foot crescendos of full flower!
Foodie tip: make sure you tuck into a Cornish cream tea, served with a cup of Tregothnan’s tea which is grown on site
Famed for its microclimate, the gardens at Enys are almost frost free all year round which enables many tender plants and ancient trees to flourish. There are 30 acres to explore and in the spring, the spectacular six-acre carpet of bluebells in the parkland, known as Parc Lye, is an amazing sight to behold.
Foodie tip: pop into their café and try some of the honey produced by the estate’s colony of bees. They call their honey “Tinkerbell” due to its light, delicate citrus flavour!
Situated above the hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River near Falmouth, Glendurgan boasts three steep valleys of sub-tropical gardens. Lose yourself in the 1830s maze of clipped cherry laurel, walk the coastal paths and explore the wild Cornish blooms but most of all, don’t forget to take a moment to listen out for birdsong and babbling brooks.
Foodie tip: after a morning hiking the valleys, stop off at Glendurgan’s Tea House and enjoy a well-deserved slice of cake, homemade on the estate
Pull on your wellies and get exploring, we’d love to see which spring shoots you discover. Why not post a few pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram – don’t forget to tag us in!