Gardens in Cornwall

While it's known for its beautiful beaches, Cornwall is also famous for its historic gardens - and spring is the time to visit!


Spring has finally sprung. We’re enjoying lighter evenings, warmer days and watching the garden come back to life.

In Cornwall, we are blessed with glorious gardens and here are some of our favourites, for a stroll in the spring sunshine:

Glendurgan Gardens

Located just outside of Falmouth, near the tranquil village of Mawnan Smith, is the National Trust’s Gendurgan Gardens. A breathtaking valley setting with plenty of different routes and walks for all abilities. Stroll through the beautiful spring blooms including camellias, magnolias and a huge variety of wild flowers. Plenty to spot on a gentle spring walk.

Now is the perfect time to visit, as you can walk alongside the bluebells and daffodils down to the quaint, sheltered beach at the bottom of the gardens.  If you’re feeling brave, why not try the maze, try not to get lost…

Laurel maze, Prunus laurocerasus, planted by Alfred Fox in 1833 with thatched summerhouse at its centre and Chusan palms, Trachycarpus fortunei at Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall Image Credit: National Trust

Trebah  Gardens

Just round the corner from Glendurgan is Trebah Gardens. Bursting with beautiful colour, Trebah is a sub-tropical garden with a coastal backdrop. With over four miles of pathways to explore and a private beach on the edge of the Helford. There is plenty to do and see.

“In early spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias,” –Trebah Gardens.

The valley of Trebah Gardens in the spring sunshine

Trelissick Estate

Positioned in the coastal village of Feock near Truro, the National Trust’s Trelissick Estate has miles of parkland and woodlands to explore. Wander along the woodland trail among the trees and shrubs. Or take a stroll down to the small beach over looking the River Fal.

Friend of Seasalt and blogger, Jody from Cornish Ramblings spent the day exploring Trelissick in January. Read all about her day here.

Walking in the garden at Trelissick, Cornwall Image Credit: National Trust

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Stroll through the blooms, in 200 acres of gardens. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are located near to St Austell. After being lost and overgrown from 1914, the gardens were rediscovered in 1990 by Tim Smit and John Willis and opened up to the public two years later.

Today, Heligan is one of the best loved gardens in Britain and has won numerous awards. A place to visit all year round with a range of gardens to explore, however now is the best time as they’re in bloom. See the beautiful magnolia, take a trip across the jungle rope bridge and finish the day visiting the animals on the farm.

With thanks to The Lost Gardens of Heligan for this beautiful magnolia picture

Trerice House & Gardens

Catch them while you can. Delightful daffodils in full bloom at Trerice near Newquay but only until the end of April. Have a look around the Elizabethan Manor and be guided through each room by the on-hand guides before taking a stroll in the gardens.

Visitors on the path at the east front of Trerice, Cornwall Image Credit: National Trust

Penrose

Take a woodland walk around Cornwall’s biggest natural fresh water lake. Take in the breathtaking scenery before having an amble around the recently restored walled garden. See herbs, flowers and vegetables in the sheltered sun trap.

The recently restored garden at Penrose Estate

Eden Project

The Eden Project isjust outside of St Austell and offers a wealth of activities throughout the year.

Over 7,000 tulips are now in bloom in the Mediterranean Biome after the horticultural team spent three days planting them back in February.

Catherine Cutler, Eden’s Enclosed Biome Team Lead, said: “We are so pleased with the tulip display in the Mediterranean Biome this year, it has created a sea of colour, which fits perfectly in this environment.

“We have purposely grown a lot of varieties to give our visitors an appreciation of the breadth of colour and shape that tulips offer. We hope keen gardeners are inspired by our display to discover some new and colourful blooms for their gardens.”

This spring, our designers were inspired by creative pioneers Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, who spent their childhood summers in St Ives. Vanessa later lived at Charleston in Sussex, which became the Bloomsbury Group’s country home. The house and gardens were brought to life by Vanessa and her artistic friends and provided rich inspiration for our March collection.

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