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  1. 1. ==== ====For great gardening tips, check this out:Odin88888==== ====The Garden Capital of the World is often how Cornwall is thought of throughout the world.Cornwall enjoys the power of the Gulf Stream with its temperate climate of warm summers, mildand wet winters which in turn allows exotic and rare plants to thrive.Where else can you find so many gardens with history dating back to the Iron Age? As long agoas the early 19th century Cornish gardeners were part of the Victorian plant hunters who collectedexotic plants and seeds from all around the world.That gives us what we have today: over 60 fabulous gardens to explore with lush vegetation andsub-tropical theatres of colour brimming with exciting, rare and beautiful plants. Cornwallsgardens are found in our magnificent Castles, Manor Houses, grand Farm Estates, Mill Houses,sheltered valleys, high up on blustery moorland and nestled in woodland and seaside gardenswhich meet the turquoise hues of the waters edge.Cornwalls gardens are so diverse as they vary in size from small and intimate to acres of rollingcountryside. Some with enchanting lakes and a Victorian boathouse to water gardens with treeferns, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias. Others have walled gardens and manicuredlawns to the newest of all two magnificent Biomes filled with magic from around the world.All around Britain you will be hard-pressed not to find a Veitch plant or one derived from theirnurseries. The Veitch family sent many collectors all over the world to bring back seeds andplants. These included two Cornish brothers, William and Thomas Lobb. William Lobb died in SanFrancisco in 1864 but his brother Thomas lived in Devoran until his death in 1894.In the East of Cornwall Mount Edgcumbe have The Earls Garden with ancient and rare treesincluding a 400-year-old lime. The Formal Gardens are found in the lower park and were createdover 200 years ago in English, French and Italian styles. Cothele tells the story of the TamarValley and Antony was recently used as a backdrop for the film Alice in Wonderland. Also in theEast is Ince Castle which overlooks the River Lynher. The garden enjoys woodlands filled withrhododendrons, camellias and magnolias, vibrant shrubs and formal gardens. Pentillie Castlesgardens are only open on specific days and their orchard was replanted with old Tamar Valleyvarieties of apple and cherry.The South is awash with fabulous gardens which proves how sheltered this coast is in Cornwalland many are overflowing with collections of Cornish rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias.We can start with Hidden Valley Gardens, Near Par. These gardens won the Cornwall TourismSilver award 2010 for small visitor attraction. Tregrehan is a large woodland garden and is hometo the Carlyon family since 1565. The Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens, Near St. Austell is a30-acre paradise with over 6000 labelled plants. Ray and Shirley Clemo travelled the world
  2. 2. collecting seeds and plants for this garden and a pair of black swans have made it their home.The Lost Gardens of Heligan at Pentewan have been voted Britains finest garden and hasscooped the title in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2011. Celebrating 21years since HeligansLost Gardens were discovered, this beauty provides 200 acres to explore. Discover the NorthernGarden, the Jungle, the Wider Estate and the Horsemoor Hide and Wildlife Project.Next on our list would be Caerhays Castle Gardens which is situated in a valley above PorthluneyCove. A horticultural treasure covering 100 acres of woodland gardens and holder of the NationalMagnolia Collection. Lamorran at St. Mawes is a Mediterranean-style garden with sea views overFalmouth Bay. History says that it is the most Northerly Palm Garden in the world. From Lamorranyou can see the lighthouse at St. Anthonys Head. St. Just in Roseland has a 13th century churchand is set in a sheltered sub-tropical riverside garden filled with magnolias, azaleas, bamboos andgiant gunnera. Trelissick Garden at Feock was planted 200 years ago and has views down theFalmouth estuary. It has year-round plant colour, an orchard, woodland walks and an art andcrafts gallery. In the autumn 300 varieties of apples will be on display in the Georgian stables.Enys Gardens at Penryn is one of Cornwalls oldest gardens dating back to 1709. Penjerrick atBudock Water is unspoilt with historic and botanic interest; relax among tree ferns and hiddenpaths.Moving on down the coast to Mawnan Smith is Trebah and Carwinion, these are gardens withgreat historic interest. Trebah is on the North bank of the Helford River and in this garden you canwander among giant tree ferns and palms. Carwinion has a renowned collection of bamboo andhas 14 acres of tranquil gardens. Glendurgan lies in a sub-tropical valley running down to theHelford River. Have fun in the 180 year-old cherry laurel maze and wander through the gardenand down to the hamlet of Durgan. Potager is a new organic garden and is close to Constantine,five miles from Falmouth.Down the coast further to Cornwalls Lizard Peninsula, Bonython Estate Gardens has an 18thcentury Walled Garden, a potager garden, an orchard of Cornish variety apple trees andwoodlands. Bosahan at Manaccan is again close to the Helford River enjoying the Cornishmicroclimate and described as "the most Cornish of all Cornish gardens" in The Gardenermagazine in 1909! Trevarno Gardens are the Jewel in the Crown of their estate with amagnificent 70 acres. Several interesting features include a Serptentine Yew Tunnel and theproduction of organic skincare products and soaps. Carleen Subtropical Gardens are open byappointment only and are home to collections from South America, Mexico, Central and SouthAsia, Australia, New Zealand, Southern USA and the Mediterranean. The Hardy Exotics GardenNursery at Whitecross, Near Penzance can create "Barbados in Birmingham" - "Mauritius inManchester" and "Hawaii in Hertford".Now we come to the beautiful St. Michaels Mount, walk across the causeway at low tide or travelby boat at other times. These gardens are steep but thrive in the shelter of the granite cliffs andyou will find exotics from Mexico, Canary Islands and South Africa. Tremenheere SculptureGardens is a wonderful valley setting with St. Michaels Mount in the background. The NationalTrust owns Trengwainton and this historic garden is home to banana plants and enormousechiums. Finally in this part of Cornwall is Penberth which has 5 acres and is a natural valleygarden incorporating sea views.
  3. 3. Now we move on to North Cornwall which is a more rugged coast fronting the Atlantic. Our firstport of call is the Japanese Garden and Bonsai Nursery in the beautiful Lanherne Valley at St.Mawgan. Just 1.5 acres but includes Water Gardens, Stroll Garden and a Zen Garden inspired bythe East. Moving on up the Coast to Padstow we find Prideaux Place that has 40 acres oflandscaped grounds and a deer park overlooking the Padstow estuary and the River Camel. Lastbut not least on this coast is Longcross Victorian Garden at Trelights, Port Isaac. This is 4 acresand gives a fine example of coastal gardening and hedging with views towards Port Isaac and PortQuin.Cornwall has some more fine gardens that are a bit more inland than the others we havementioned before but when you are in Cornwall you are never more than sixteen miles away fromthe coast at any time.The 4 acres at Ken-Caro, Nr. Liskeard is another garden with a woodland walk, magnolias andrhododendrons, small but beautiful and set high above Bicton Manor Woods. Another one in thesame area is Moyclare established in 1927 in 1 acre and arranged around the house. The broom"Moyclare Pink" and the astrantia "Moira Reid" originated in this garden. Pencarrow is a garden of50 acres and this is where the Monkey Puzzle tree got its name. In this garden you can even walkon the grass! If you like one of the plants you will probably be able to buy a cutting from it. AtPinsla Garden, Cardinham there is something for everyone, an idyllic haven, and a hideaway fullof secret paths with hazel arch and fantasy garden created by garden artists.Moving on once again to the National Trust owned Lanhydrock, a garden for walkers and ahistorical garden that has a woodland of 1000 acres. Boconnoc at Lostwithiel bas a beautifulspring garden and has camellias and azaleas from the 1850 original planting. These gardens areonly open for the Spring Flower Show and Sunday afternoons during May. Trewithin close toGrampound means house of the trees and has 30 acres of woodland gardens and more than 200acres of surrounding parkland. The horticulturalist George Johnstone, who inherited the house in1904, cultivated many of the seeds that came from abroad thus ensuring the reputation thatTrewithin has today. Trewithin is an unforgettable garden gem.Next is the Eden Project close to St. Austell which is the newest of all our Cornish gardens.Created from a disused china clay pit in the year 2000 and the site opened on 17th March 2001.Two Biomes, one Tropical and the other Mediterranean are both constructed from a tubular steelspace-frame clad in thermoplastic ETFE. At Eden you can travel around the world in a day!At Bosvigo on the outskirts of Truro an awkward wing of the house was demolished and usingstone from the house the walled garden was created. This left a 100-year-old VictorianConservatory standing. All the plants that are for sale in this nursery are growing in the Gardens.Burncoose at Gwennap is a 30 acre woodland garden and has achieved gold medal displays atChelsea and Hampton Court flower shows. The Nursery stocks a wide range of shrubs andherbaceous plants. Back up the coast we find Trerice, three miles from Newquay, which is a 6acre garden but there is still space to find seclusion at any time of the year. The National Trust hasowned this garden since 1953.Finally, we cross the water and arrive on the beautiful Isles of Scilly and then head for the AbbeyGardens on Tresco. This amazing sub-tropical garden is home to species of plants and trees from80 countries ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa. The building of tall
  4. 4. windbreaks ensures any inclement weather is forced up and over the walled enclosure. Theterraces at the top are hotter and drier than the ones below which give more humidity. In 1990hurricane force winds created dreadful damage to the shelter belts and the loss of many plants butthe shelter belts and garden are now restored and looking better than ever. This is one that youshould not miss.Many Cornish gardens belong to the National Gardens Scheme who publishes The Yellow Bookeach year which is a guide or bible to garden visiting. Most of these gardens are privately ownedand only open on specific days.Lots of our gardens have tremendous interest in the Autumn such as Ellis Gardens at Polyphant,Wave Cottage at Lerryn, Half Acre at Boscastle, Primrose Farm at Skinners Bottom and KennallHouse at Ponsanooth. The Homestead close to Helston is 7.5 acres and has a Wildflower Woodwith over 1000 trees and a further 800 trees for a shelter and wildlife habitat.There are of course many more gardens in Cornwall, many of them small but beautiful and a lot ofour gardens are Dog Friendly. So dont leave part of the family at home, bring them along as well.It would be wise to check first with the garden you are intending to visit just to make sure that it isdog friendly. Some of our Cornish gardens are more accessible than others so again if part ofyour group is less agile check with the garden to make sure you will enjoy your visit.For more information on our Cornish Gardens most of them have their own website which will giveyou opening days and times, how to get there, what facilities are available and ticket costs.I was born into the Cornish farming world, my Dad was a farmer and his Dad before him. My earlychildhood was spent following my Mum around the farm doing all the chores that went with being afarmers wife. From milking our cows and collecting eggs, to making Cornish cream from the freshmilk, this was all part of my life. As was picking fruit, digging potatoes and cutting broccoli. Atharvest time I would accompany Mum up to the thrashing machine to give the men their lunch andcrib, which is what a mid morning snack is called in Cornwall!At the age of 18 I married Chris a local Garage owner whom I am still married to today. During ourmarried life I have been involved in a Sea Rescue Club and showing our German Shepherd Dogsat dog shows all over the country. As well as running our own Petrol Filling Station and VillageShop we also opened the Asalt & Battery, a fast food fish and chip takeaway where I spent manya "Happy" time preparing and frying fish and chips.Now I am running our website which is a Holiday AccommodationDirectory for Cornwall and with over 250 properties of all types it takes a lot of my time, but I doenjoy it.Article Source: