From the historic St Michael’s Mount to the contemporary Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, you’ll find glorious green spaces to suit all tastes in West Cornwall. Find out what’s not to miss below.
Highlights: popular gardens in West Cornwall
St Michael’s Mount
Catch a boat or walk across to St Michael’s Mount from the mainland at Marazion to explore the ancient castle and subtropical gardens. The windswept island may seem like an unlikely place for an exotic garden, but in fact plants of all kinds flourish along the stone terraces. Wander through the winding stone pathways to see the likes of puya, aloe, agapanthus, rosemary, coronilla and more, and enjoy the stunning views out across the bay.
Trengwainton National Trust Garden
Near Penzance, Trengwainton is an explorer’s paradise for both families and dogs thanks to its 25 acres and many walled gardens.
In the Walled Kitchen Garden, local schools and community groups grow their own produce. Head to the Fuchsia Garden to see a huge variety of the flowers, visit the Veitchii Garden for the twisted dawn redwood, and see the Middle Garden for beautiful plants from at least five different countries. Visit in spring to make the most of the blooming bulbs – but there’s still plenty to see right the way through Autumn.
Godolphin National Trust Garden
Another of the National Trust’s Cornwall properties, you’ll find Godolphin just outside Helston. It has a 16th Century garden and a wider woodland estate with a river, undulating hills, and the remains of the Godolphin family mine. To the south west of the estate, you’ll find Godolphin Hill, from which you can see views out over St Ives Bay and St Michael’s Mount.
The gardens and estate are usually open 7 days a week. Dogs are welcome in all outside areas.
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
A garden with a completely different outlook to the more historic properties of the area, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens has only been open since September 2012. Deep in the valley near Penzance, Tremenheere is a large exotic and subtropical garden, featuring an ever-growing programme of contemporary art installations from internationally renowned artists.
One of the many Great Gardens of Cornwall, the gardens are open daily throughout most of the year, and well-behaved dogs are welcome on leads.
Private garden: Bonython Estate Gardens
The Georgian house and gardens of Bonython Estate are situated on the Lizard Peninsula in West Cornwall and are another of the Great Gardens of Cornwall. The diverse and relaxed gardens offer many different atmospheres, depending on which area you choose to explore, and dogs are welcome on leads.
You’ll find formal gardens, a potager garden and the hot garden featuring the vibrant colours of owner Mrs Nathan's native South Africa. Visit in spring to see the traditional Cornish rhododendrons in bloom.
Private garden: Trewidden Gardens
Another of the of the many Great Gardens of Cornwall, Trewidden garden is a 15 acre 19th Century garden that includes a collection of over 300 cameillias and magnolias, plus one of the largest tree fern dells in Europe.
Open during spring and summer, the gardens are dissected by informal paths. You’ll find Trewidden just outside Penzance. Guided tours are available and dogs are welcome.
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