Cornwall's mild climate means that sub-tropical flowers and gardens are able to thrive. We have ab abundance of the most exciting, colourful, rare and beautiful plants and trees in the British Isles.
On the outskirts of Penryn, Enys is an historic estate with 30 acres of gardens. The bluebells in the Parc Lye meadow are simply stunning in May. Enys Gardens, Penryn / 01326 259885 / www.enysgardens.org.uk
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
After a 20 year restoration project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are back to their former glory. Pentewan, St.Austell / 01726 845100 / www.heligan.com
Glendurgan Garden - National Trust
Glendurgan is a garden with natural beauty and fabulous plants - and the added bonus of the tiny hamlet of Durgan with its lovely beach just waiting at the bottom. Mawnan Smith, Near Falmouth / www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Lamorran House and Gardens
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.
St Mawes / 01326 270800 / www.greatgardensofcornwall.co.uk/lamorran
Trelissick Gardens - National Trust
Lovely gardens plus one of the best woodland coastal walks (free to access) to enjoy. Trelissick Gardens, Feock, Truro / 01872 862090 / www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Trewithen House & Gardens
Trewithen is renowned for its magnolias and camellias. With Champion Trees, magnificent rhododendrons, 18th century house and Tea Shop. Grampound, Near Truro / 01726 883647 / www.trewithengardens.co.uk
A beautiful valley garden meandering down to the private Porthgwidden Cove, stunning plants (the gunnera and the Bamboozle being our favourites).
Mawnan Smith, Near Falmouth / 01326 252200 / www.trebah-garden.co.uk
St Michaels Mount
Set on an island in the iconic Mounts Bay, St Michaels Mount offers the visitor a link to history, legends and a little bit of adventure - especially when you cross the tidal causeway. www.stmichaelsmount.co.uk
Cornwall's Spring story
The Great Gardens of Cornwall is a group of 12 gardens spread throughout the county, including Tresco Abbey Garden on the isles of Scilly.
The arrival of spring is a much anticipated event and with its mild climate, Cornwall generally announces spring earlier than any other county.
The Great Gardens of Cornwall measure the arrival of spring when 7 nominated champion magnolia trees have flowered.