With sparkling seas, bright light and rocky coves Cornwall is a region that benefits from the Gulf Stream. Many of the gardens here are sub-tropical as they are rarely troubled by hard frosts. There is a far wider range of plants grown in Cornwall than in other parts of the UK.
We are able to create a bespoke garden group tour so you can follow your horticultural passions.
Trebah Garden near Falmouth is a sub-tropical garden with its own beach. These beautiful gardens set in a valley are full of exotic plants and have over 6km of footpaths including a wonderful walk through the giant ‘gunnera’. Trebah is open all year and dogs are allowed on leads. www.trebahgarden.co.uk
Trewidden near Penzance is another of Cornwall’s exotic gardens, set in over 6ha. The gardens which date back to 1800s are famous for their camellias, rhododendrons and its tree fern dell, which is one of the largest in Europe. Open 7 days a week from February to September. www.trewiddengarden.co.uk
Nowhere in Cornwall has more exotic plants than the Eden Project, St Austell. The enormous biomes cover an old china clay quarry and are packed with plants from all over the world. www.edenproject.com
Glendurgan Garden on the banks on the Helford River is another of Cornwall’s sub-tropical gardens, set in a valley which runs down to the beach at Durgan the gardens are famous for their 180-year-old laurel maze. Owned by the National Trust, Glendurgan is open from February – October. www.nationaltrust.org/glendurgan-garden
St Michael’s Mount, the iconic rocky island in Mount’s Bay off the coast of Cornwall has a picturesque castle surrounded by sub-tropical gardens. The island is home to the St Aubyn family and is managed by the National Trust, check the website for opening times and details of the tides. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/st-michaels-mount