Bid winter a fond farewell and get ready to spring into action with the top gardens in Cornwall this year.
With floral perfumes, colourful blossoms, melodic birdsong and radiant sunshine, spring brings a special kind of magic. And in Cornwall, we get to enjoy it first. Thanks to the warmth of the Gulf Stream, Cornwall benefits from milder climes than the rest of the country, encouraging spring to do its thing a little earlier than everywhere else. In fact, it is said that spring in England officially starts when the first magnolia tree flowers in Cornwall! So where better to celebrate the arrival of this wonderful time of year?
With all this in sight, we’re turning our attention to the best spring gardens in Cornwall. To help you make the most of the changing seasons, here’s our list of spring gardens to visit this year.
A fantastic project inviting visitors to experience gardens and climes from all over the world, the Eden Project should definitely be on your list this spring. Enjoy the incredible variety of colours, shapes and sizes, from the iris to the kangaroo paw, and travel thousands of miles in just a few hours before landing right back here in lovely Cornwall.
Famous for its national magnolia collection, Caerhays Castle Gardens is a natural choice. Take in the extensive varieties of magnolias, making sure you see the garden’s unique hybrid species too. With a backdrop of azure seas, the site’s 140 acres of spring gardens are a real pleasure to explore and can be enjoyed at your own pace.
A veritable secret garden brimming with history, romance and intrigue, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are a must-see, particularly in spring. Bidding farewell to winter for another year, the gardens’ 200 acres of gardens, jungle and woodland explode in a tapestry of colour, blooming and blossoming as plants awake from their slumber.
Perched on the fringes of Bodmin Moor, Pencarrow’s dog-friendly gardens are a wonderful treat for all of the family. First to arrive in February are the gorgeous little snowdrops that pepper the grounds, with over 400 varieties of camelias and rhododendrons taking over the show in March.
A riot of colour and new life, Trebah’s sub-tropical gardens come alive in spring. Rated one of the 80 finest gardens in the world, the gardens’ 4 miles of footpaths provide an enchanting experience for little kids and big kids alike. Located right by the beautiful Helford River, a post-walk toe dip is a must.
An official safe site for many rare and endangered trees from all over the world, Tregothnan is home to some of the biggest, weirdest and most wonderful trees and plants in existence. Once you’ve finished your garden tour, why not treat yourself to a cup or two of their world-famous British tea, too?
Literally translating as ‘house of trees’, Trewithen’s 200 acres of gardens, woodland and parkland are home to a fantastic selection of plants and trees, including a world-class magnolia collection. Some of the best spring gardens in Cornwall, Trewithen is also home to a plant centre; pick up your favourite flower or shrub and start your very own spring garden at home.