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From the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan to smaller but nonetheless perfectly formed NGS gardens, Cornwall has plenty of beautiful green spaces to explore.
Whether you prefer exotic collections of rare plants or more traditional landscapes, you’re likely to find a garden to fall in love with somewhere in Cornwall. Four of the most famous gardens in the area demonstrate the variety on offer:
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, South Cornwall – A genuine secret 19th Century botanical garden that was uncovered 25 years ago
Trebah Gardens, South Cornwall – On the coast right on the western edge of South Cornwall, Trebah is a family and dog-friendly garden with its own secluded beach
St Michael’s Mount, West Cornwall – The gardens adjacent to the ancient castle provide an interesting backdrop of beautiful plants, stone terraces and ledges, and winding pathways
The Eden Project, South Cornwall – This famous modern visitor attractions centres on the huge biomes that house tropical and Mediterranean plants from around the world
As well as these famous garden attractions, Cornwall is also home to seven National Trust gardens, a host of dog-friendly gardens and a wonderful selection of private gardens that are open to the public for charity as part of the NGS open gardens scheme.