Glorious gardens of Cornwall

Visitors in the laurel maze at Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall © John Millar

Visitors in the laurel maze at Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall

In a day

Morning:     Trengwainton Garden
With plants from around the globe scattered throughout this ten-hectare (25-acre) garden, there is something to inspire around every corner. Champion magnolias and vibrant rhododendrons make way for lush banana plants and soaring echiums. Don’t miss an opportunity to explore the restored walled garden by booking the ‘Organic Kitchen Gardening’ special interest tour.

Stop off en-route to enjoy the view of St Michael’s Mount before continuing on to Glendurgan Garden for lunch in the tea room.

Afternoon:     Glendurgan Garden
Spend the afternoon taking in this subtropical valley garden. Discover giant rhubarb plants in the jungle-like lower valley and spiky arid plants basking in the sunny upper slopes. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River - a place to watch birds and boats - or try navigating your way around the laurel maze.

Turn your visit into a short break by adding:

  • a visit to the beautiful seaside town of St Ives.
  • the formal garden of Cotehele, where you can book the opportunity to pick the brains of our experienced head gardener on the ‘Quiz the Gardener’ special interest tour.
  • arrive by boat on the River Fal to explore the tranquil gardens of Trelissick.

Stop en-route at:

  • Killerton, just off the M5 junction 28 and book ‘The Glorious Garden’ tour with the gardening team.
  • Castle Drogo, England’s last castle, just ten minutes off the A3. Where you can book ‘Roses to Rhododendrons’ special interest tour and see hedges that reflect the influential arts and crafts movement as well as the beautiful view across rugged Dartmoor.