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Recommendations for Cornwall gardens and nurseries?

Cornwall visit. I'm off to Cornwall for a holiday in mid July (Falmouth) anyone recommend gardens and nurseries not to be missed other than the big ones?

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  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Hi Winifred - a really choice nursery well worth a visit is Just 25 miles south of Falmouth, on the Lizard peninsula, it's the most southerly nursery in the UK and has a fabulous selection of tropical, exotic and unusual plants.

    A lot of people who visit them are there on holiday, so they can make arrangements to deliver plants you buy to your home address after you get back. Enjoy!

  2. Grower

    Winifred Field

    Many thanks, forget the post though, our car is used to transporting a small jungle!

  3. Grower


    Hi Winifred - lucky you! There are so many lovely gardens and quality garden nurseries in Cornwall. As I live in Somerset, I manage to get down to Cornwall usually a couple of times a year. Obviously, we all have different tastes, but a few of my favourites include;

    Glendurgan Gardens (NT)
    Near Falmouth, a National Trust garden. Includes a laurel maze, palms, ferns and much more. A walk through the gardens to the hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River is also super on a sunny day.

    Trebah Garden
    Also near Falmouth. Again, lovely plants and scenery and a walk to the Helford River.

    Eden Project
    Near St Austell. I've been going since before its official 'ribbon cutting ceremony' and have watched it mature over time. There is always something different to see and an extraordinarily diverse range of plants.

    Lost Gardens of Heligan
    Near Mevagissey. An interesting restoration project. Ranging from the productive gardens (fruit, veg, flowers) through to a 'jungle' with a boardwalk pathway through bananas, treeferns, bamboos, etc.

    Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
    Near Penzance. A beautiful sheltered valley, with exotic planting. As well as the plants there are some superb views, including across to St Michael's Mount.

    St Michael's Mount (NT)
    Definitely worth a visit in its own right, but also with gardens where an array of many unlikely plants flourish.

    So many - A good sized 'old fashioned' (in the nicest sense) nursery with a huge selection of plants and the added bonus of a very good Garden Kitchen Café at Trevena Cross (Breage) is a recommendation of somewhere you can spend a long time browsing (and put a dent in your bank account, due to so much choice!).
    The Duchy of Cornwall nursery near Lostwithiel used to have a good selection. Sadly (in my opinion), they now they appear to be growing less and 'buying in' - however, still worth a visit for the splendid building and the very tasty offerings in the café, with the views across the Fowey valley and to Restormel Castle.
    There are plenty of other nurseries all over the county, many specialising in particular groups of plants.

    I think most, if not all, the above mentioned locations have websites, so a quick trawl on your favourite internet search engine should give you much further information than I can add here. Whilst staying down in Cornwall, look out for 'discount coupons' at many of the attractions, pubs, cafés, etc. Some gardens offer discounted tickets purchased over the internet at varying times of the year. Also some offer discounts for people who are RHS members, etc. - so worth a bit of research before you go!

    The photos were ones I took in Spring 2015 at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens.


  4. Grower


    Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
    (Spring 2015)

    • Recommendations for Cornwall gardens and nurseries?
    • Recommendations for Cornwall gardens and nurseries?
    • Recommendations for Cornwall gardens and nurseries?
  5. Grower

    Gray J

    Compton Acres is the best garden to visit if you can wish I could go again and again regards GrayJ

  6. Grower


    Agreed, Compton Acres is also a pleasure to visit. However, it is in Poole, Dorset - not Cornwall!

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