Gardens in Cornwall

Cornwall's sub-tropical gardens enjoy the warmth of the Gulf Stream and because of this warmth, they are home to an abundance of the most exciting, colourful, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles.

Spring is a fantastic time to visit Cornwall's gardens to see the flowers in full bloom as spring officially starts in Cornwall when the Magnolia trees in at least seven of the Great Gardens of Cornwall are flowering.

The creative genius of the early nineteenth-century Cornish garden owners led them to sponsor the great Victorian plant hunting expeditions. The seeds and plants which they brought back from all over the world helped create unique examples of wild and magnificent living specimens which continue to thrive to this day.

If gardens and flowers are a particular favourite, within easy travelling distance of your Creekside Cottages self catering holiday cottage is one of Cornwall's great gardens to explore:

Eden Project

Bodelva, St Austell / 01726 811911 / Website

The giant biomes of the Eden Project in Cornwall were built in a disused clay mine near St Austell, transforming it into a rich, global garden where visitors can learn about nature and get inspiration about the world around them. With the tropical and mediterranean biomes showcasing plants of all countries, and the ongoing projects to encourage learning and responsibility for the environment, Eden is a great place to visit.

Enys Gardens

Enys Gardens, Penryn / 01326 259885 / Website

30 acres of gardens including the open meadow known as Parc Lye where the spring show of bluebells is simply breathtaking and hugely popular for visitors.

Caerhays Castle & Gardens 

Gorran St Austell / 01872 501310 / Website

Caerhays Castle, which is owned by the Williams family, is located in a sheltered valley overlooking Porthluney Cove on the South Cornish Coast equidistant from Truro and St Austell.

The surrounding parkland and woodland gardens were created in the main from the discoveries of the plant hunters in China shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Since then a great deal of hybridisation work and especially the creation of the first x williamsii camellias, has taken place at Caerhays to create the extensive woodland gardens which visitors can admire and enjoy today. Caerhays is very much a spring garden and is at its best in March, April and May. The garden is ONLY open at present for these complete 3 months (7 days a week). The castle, where the family still live is only open for more limited periods so please do check opening times carefully.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pentewan, St.Austell / 01726 845100 / Website

Heligan offers over 200 acres for exploration. Discover our Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, lush sub-tropical Jungle, pioneering Wildlife Project & beyond...

Glendurgan Garden - National Trust

Mawnan Smith, Near Falmouth / Website

The three valleys of Glendurgan Garden are full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants basking in the sunny upper slopes. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River: a place to watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sandcastles. Find a boat-seat, gigantic tulip trees and ponds teeming with wildlife.

Lamorran House and Gardens

St Mawes / 01326 270800 / Great Gardens of Cornwall Website

Beautiful gardens with many features including a waterfall and koi pool, and many stunning flowers and trees. The woodland walk has spectacular views of the sea.

Trelissick Gardens - National Trust

Trelissick Gardens, Feock, Truro / 01872 862090 / Website

This modern garden was created within shelter belts planted 200 years ago. It is constantly evolving, with new planting and fresh ideas. Trelissick has seen trees grow to maturity, the tide ebbing and flowing, but has become a dynamic, forward-looking estate. The iconic Water Tower was built for irrigation and fire-control; now the lavatories are flushed with rainwater stored underground in modern reservoirs. Heat is extracted from kitchen appliances and the Sun to provide hot water and heating. The River Fal is now more than just a beautiful setting for Trelissick; many visitors arrive by boat each summer.

Trewithen House & Gardens 

Grampound, Near Truro / 01726 883647 / Website

Trewithen is an historic private estate  internationally renowned for its collection of magnolias and camellias. Also boasting 24 'Champion Trees', woodland walks, 18th Century estate house, Tea Shop and the opportunity to purchase highly prized plants from the on-site nursery.

Trebah Garden

Mawnan Smith, Near Falmouth / 01326 252200 / Website

A sub-tropical garden with a stunning coastal backdrop. Discover the magic of this beautiful Cornish valley garden, explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to Porthgwidden Cove, a secluded beach on the Helford River.