10 Best Spring Gardens in Cornwall
They say the arrival of spring in the UK is marked by the first magnolia blossoming in Cornwall. The only county to see flowering magnolia trees this early, it’s the perfect place to watch Mother Nature don her petalled shawl and welcome sunnier days ahead.
With winter’s icy grip finally letting go, where better to take in the sights and scents? To help you take a leaf out of Cornwall’s book this year, here are 10 of the best spring gardens to visit in 2019.
10 Best Spring Gardens in Cornwall
The Eden Project
From the turquoise jade vine in the rainforest biome to the scilla, iris and magnolia in the outdoor gardens to the heady scents of the damask rose in the perfume garden, all senses come alive. With something to see at every turn, the Eden Project is a must this spring.
A beautiful natural playground on the banks of the enchanting Helford River, Glendurgan provides one of the best spring gardens in Cornwall. Look out for primroses and violets in February, the beloved, sunshine-coloured daffodils in March and thick bluebell carpets in April.
A real-life secret garden, the Lost Gardens of Heligan invite visitors into a world of intrigue and romance. With over 200 acres of gardens to explore, lose yourself amongst bamboo tunnels, leaves as big as a man and the rainbow of colour from thousands upon thousands of exquisite flowers.
The iconic mount rising from the sea, St Michael’s Mount is one of the most well-loved sights in Cornwall. Reaping the benefits of its own micro-climate, the mount’s gardens are home to an array of weird and wonderful plants, from aloe to ginger lilies to the lithodora ‘Heavenly Blue’. Visit the mount this spring and breathe in the intoxicating aromas of floral perfume and fresh, salty air.
Perched above the Helford River, Trebah’s sub-tropical gardens are among the finest in the world. Wander the 4 miles of footpaths under lush canopies of green and admire the 100-year old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias this spring. With so much to see, it’s little wonder why we think you should visit this other-worldly paradise.
Welcoming spring with unwavering enthusiasm, Trelissick plays host to a dazzling variety of shapes, sizes, colours and smells. Head along the Spring Walk and let your eyes and mind soak in the collection of unique plants and flowers, before turning your attention to the unmissable views over the Fal River.
A superb exotic and sub-tropical garden covering 22 acres near Penzance, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden provides space for both artistic inspiration and peaceful reflection. Intertwining thought-provoking artworks with rich, textured landscapes, a visual feast is there to be enjoyed.
Offering some of the most radiant displays, the award-winning Trengwainton is among the best spring gardens in Cornwall. The first flowers to revive after a winter’s repose are the delightful crocuses that pepper the meadow. Look out for their pretty purple and yellow heads before wending your way onwards.
One of the great spring gardens of Cornwall, Trewidden near Penzance is a must-visit. Follow the maze of footpaths and trails and take in the spring bloom. Home to a number of species, Trewidden’s dog-friendly gardens boast an impressive collection of over 300 camellias and magnolias.
Meaning ‘house of trees’, Trewithen begs to be explored. Surrounded by over 200 acres of gardens, woodland and parkland, the magnificent grounds of this Georgian manor house are truly unique. Home to a world-class collection of magnolias, a real highlight is the fantastic magnolia campbellii subspecies mollicomata, soaring overhead at 65ft high.