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Great Gardens of Cornwall

From formal landscaped gardens to informal natural plantings, ancient woodland coastal retreats to historic rolling-parkland, whatever the season you'll find beauty and tranquility in one of The Great Gardens of Cornwall.

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The Great Gardens of Cornwall are a group of 13 of the best-known, largest, most historically and horticulturally important gardens in Cornwall. With an eclectic mix of private owners, National Trust gardens and garden businesses with a worldwide reputation for innovation and excellence, the gardens all have in common that they are magical Cornish gardens and home to some of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles.

Whether you wish to wander a modern or ancient garden, let the mind imagine it is elsewhere, with gardens with Mediterranean, sub-tropical or South African themes, to delight in sculpture gardens, to be by the coast or inland, there’s a Great Garden for you. And at each and every one, a stunningly diverse collection of plants and sculptures from around the world that changes with every season.

    • Antony Woodland Garden
    • Bonython Estate Gardens
    • Caerhays Castle Spring Gardens
    • Eden Project
    • Trebah Garden
    • Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Nr Penzance
    • Lamorran Gardens
    • Tregothnan (private tours only)
    • Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly
    • The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Nr St Austell
    • Tregrehan Garden
    • Trewidden
    • Trewithen

Each year, gardeners at six of the gardens keep a close eye on their champion magnolia trees, recording daily the buds in on The Great Gardens of Cornwall bloomometer. When the total reaches 50 in each of those six gardens, spring is declared – and it is usually a full month earlier than the meteorological start of spring (20 March) – this year, spring in Cornwall was declared on 22 February 2022.

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