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Cornwall’s horticultural heritage

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Cornwall has its own rich horticultural history and stunning gardens. Here are a few notable gardens in Cornwall and their history:

  1. Trebah Garden:
    • Trebah Garden, located near Falmouth, was established in the early 20th century by Charles Fox.
    • It features a unique coastal garden with a ravine leading down to a private beach on the Helford River.
    • The garden is known for its exotic and subtropical plantings, including palm trees, tree ferns, and bamboo groves.
    • Trebah Garden is still owned and managed by the Fox family and has become a popular tourist attraction.
  2. The Lost Gardens of Heligan:
    • The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey, were created in the 19th century but fell into neglect during the World Wars.
    • The gardens were rediscovered and restored in the 1990s by a team led by Tim Smit and John Willis.
    • Today, it is a magnificent garden spanning 200 acres, featuring ancient woodlands, walled gardens, and a productive kitchen garden.
    • The Lost Gardens of Heligan are famous for their historical significance and diverse plant collections.
  3. Tregothnan Estate:
    • Tregothnan Estate, near Truro, has a long history dating back to the 14th century.
    • It is home to the Tregothnan Botanic Garden, which is one of the largest historic gardens in Cornwall.
    • Tregothnan is known for its unique microclimate, allowing the cultivation of tea, camellias, magnolias, and other plants that thrive in milder conditions.
    • The estate and gardens are still privately owned by the Boscawen family, who have contributed to the development and preservation of the gardens.

We create bespoke private garden tours for many groups following their horticultural passions throughout Southern England. To include the Cornwall’s gardens in your itinerary, find out more information or receive a no obligation quote please get in touch.

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