There are many great gardens in Cornwall, home to a wealth of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles.
Heligan, seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is one of the most mysterious estates in England. At the end of the nineteenth century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only a few years after the Great War of 1914 bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this sleeping beauty.
After decades of neglect, the devastating hurricane of 1990 should have consigned the Lost Gardens of Heligan to a footnote in history. Instead, fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life, a small band of enthusiasts has grown into a large working team with its own vision for Heligan’s future.
Today ‘Britain’s Finest Garden’ offers 200 acres for exploration, which include the finest productive gardens in Britain, as well as atmospheric pleasure grounds, sustainably-managed farmland and ancient woodlands, and a Wildlife Project.
Admission tickets for the Lost Gardens of Heligan can be purchased from the reception team.
BEST WESTERN Cliff Head Hotel has a garden break available, offering accommodation at the hotel plus a ticket to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Explore 30 acres of herbaceous borders, shrubberies and water gardens boasting one of the largest collections of plants in the county.
Experience a true horticultural hotspot brimming with rare and radiant plant species. Stroll through an enchanting collection of colour and scent, from the Japanese garden and the arboretum.
Pine Lodge was acquired by its previous owners in 1974, shortly after which the formal terrace and sunken garden in front of the house were constructed. By the mid-1980s winding paths meandered through island beds sprouting an ever-growing range of unusual trees, shrubs and plants grown from seed collected on global expeditions.
BEST WESTERN Cliff Head Hotel has a garden break available, offering accommodation at the hotel plus a ticket to the Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens
Trebah is a uniquely beautiful, wooded 25 acre sub-tropical ravine garden with its own beach on the Helford River. It is the wild and magical result of 160 years of inspired and dedicated creation. The natural spring at the top of the garden drops 10ft into the Koi Pool and cascades through drifts of brightly coloured waterside plantings.
Many of the plants, such as azaleas and rhododendrons, selected for their fragrance, have been planted in drifts on the ravine sides.
The award winning visitor centre welcomes visitors every day of the year.