England is famous across the world for its magnificent gardens, as it has a rich history of wonderful outdoor spaces dating back to the eighteenth century and further still. In fact there are so many great gardens across the UK today that it would be a shame to visit the country without seeing behind the gates of some of its most magical. The ideal place to head to if you want to do this is the county of Cornwall, which is located in the very bottom Southwest corner of England.
Cornwall itself is a stunning county and, due to its warm climate and rich soil, is home to an abundance of exciting, rare and simply splendid plants and trees.
In this post from Jill Landeryou at Latitude 50 we consider some of the finest gardens that Cornwall has to offer. So, if you’re keen to immerse yourself in a true English garden experience take a look at our ideas for wonderful garden to visit in Cornwall.
The Eden Project, St Austell
Eden is a dramatic modern garden, made up of several large glass domes containing plants, trees and shrubs from around the globe. You can explore the biomes (the glass domes) visiting the gardens of climates ranging from the Rainforest, to the Mediterranean. Eden doesn’t stop inside the biomes though, as outdoors you can explore acres and acres of formal gardens containing plants that thrive under the Cornish sun. Eden also hosts concerts and events throughout the year and provides educational resources about how plants can help us move towards a more educational future. Eden is a must!
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
During the Victorian era the Heligan estate was a lively hub of activity, with a prominent English family in residence, many staff and of course a fully functioning garden producing an array of fruit and veg, as well as providing a place of beauty and sanctuary. Sadly though, all of this came to an abrupt end at some point after the outbreak of WWI as the house came into new usage and the gardens fell into a state of disrepair. In 1990 though, all of this changed as the gardens were rediscovered by a descendent of the original owners and a team of dedicated gardeners got to work reviving the once magnificent gardens to their former glory. Heligan opened its doors to the public in 1992 and today a visit is magical and captivating and not to be missed whilst you are in the county. There are mysterious woodland trails to walk and acres of formal gardens to enjoy, as well as an excellent café and shop.
Port Elliot Garden, St Germans
This stunning house near St Germans is also home to an equally resplendent garden. Whilst there you can wander in a maze, explore the grounds painted with rhododendrons and camellias, picnic on the lawn in front of the stunning English country house and soak up an atmosphere that will make you feel like you have fallen back in time to an altogether more romantic era. Be sure to visit the stunning historic Orangery too and contact the Head gardener if you would like to take a guided tour to soak up all of the history as you explore.
Prideaux Place, Padstow
As one of the oldest houses in Cornwall, Prideaux Place sits as a stunning reminder of times past. It has a wonderful English garden and deer park and is now inhabited by the 14th generation of the Prideaux family. A walk around the majestic Victorian garden is an adventure in itself, but there are also endless woodland trails to explore and an impressive 80 tree Lime Avenue, which needs to be seen.
There are countless other gardens to explore in Cornwall, all with their own unique charm. So if you enjoy the tranquillity and beauty of such spaces why not make a visit to the county to see some true English gardens and enjoy what the Cornwall has to offer, find much more information on gardens to visit here: http://www.greatgardensofcornwall.co.uk/