Cornwall gardens in Spring
Magnolias are in bloom and daffodils are popping up in hedgerows and laneways. Spring is a beautiful time of year to enjoy Cornwall. The mild local climate and the warmth of the Gulf Stream are just two of the reasons that the landmark Cornwall gardens flourish.
From Lanhydrock near Bodmin to Tremenheere near Penzance, you can lose yourself in the tranquillity of beautiful grounds. The many microclimates across the county mean that planting cannot be replicated from garden to garden. No two gardens are the same, which adds to the unique experience of visiting a formal garden in Cornwall.
Across Cornwall, formal gardens are picturesque spaces and a fantastic day out – for all ages. Private gardens are well suited to toddlers learning to find their feet, or younger children looking to explore. This peace of mind makes for a relaxing day out – for the whole family, not just its smaller members.
A relaxing day out for all ages
At Tregongeeves Farm we recommend a day out at one of Cornwall’s great gardens as enjoyable for all our guests. Many garden locations throughout the county are wheelchair / buggy friendly. For example Trebah near Falmouth is more than 80% accessible by wheelchair. And the private estate garden at Trewithen near Grampound is mostly wheelchair friendly.
National Trust properties also offer additional activities and events throughout the year. Trelissick near Truro, for example, hosts a well-attended apple festival to celebrate the arrival of autumn. And, for spring, Cotehele Estate near Saltash has abundant daffodils and bluebells.
Gardens in Cornwall are beautiful in Spring
So, if you visit in Spring you’ll be in Cornwall for the official first day of spring. As the rest of the UK eases its way out of hibernation, Cornwall’s horticulturists are watching for new life and magnolia trees are under careful scrutiny for the precious first blooms.
The milder climate means Cornwall sees spring ahead of the rest of England. So, every year, six magnolia trees, each one from a different garden around Cornwall, are watched daily. The date of each Spring bloom is carefully noted.
These are Cornwall’s champion magnolia trees, and when all six trees flower with no less than 50 blooms on each, Cornwall declares that spring has arrived in England.
Magnolias are in bloom in the early part of the season and daffodils carpet fields and hedgerows. These stunning displays of colour are a welcome sight after winter. Many of Cornwall’s best gardens are within easy reach of our cottages near St Austell. Here are our top 4 favourites for a spring time visit:
1 Lost Gardens of Heligan
A short 15-minute drive from Tregongeeves Farm Cottages, is the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Visit and explore the tale of how they were discovered and restored is a truly remarkable tale about the country’s best-known secret garden. During WW1 the estate’s workforce went off to fight in the trenches, many of whom sadly did not return. But the estate was neither sold nor developed and instead fell into disrepair.
The house was converted to flats in the 1970s but the gardens remained hidden and untouched for another two decades. A chance discovery of an old engraving lead to a groundbreaking project to restore the gardens.
Now, these award-winning gardens are a location for BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch as well as theatre and foodie events. A must-visit all year round, but especially in Spring.
2 National Trust Lanhydrock
These beautiful gardens are owned by the National Trust and are open daily from March through October with additional winter opening times.
The upper gardens, closest to the café and house are dominated by a collection of magnolias, which flower in early spring. So, springtime visits also deliver a vibrant display of camellias, rhododendrons and, if you’re lucky, snowdrops.
The gardens offer many breathtaking viewpoints and the woodland walk is a very good dog-friendly route.
3 Caerhays Castle Gardens
Caerhays Castle Gardens opens every day from February to June. We love it here because we can explore the beach too. Above all, the gardens are not manicured and planted in the same formal way as many of Cornwall’s GreatGardens.
4 Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Travel to a different corner of Cornwall and discover Tremenheere Sculpture gardens with St Michaels Mount on the distant horizon. These gardens include beautiful sculptures and a breathtaking . Catch a dramatic view of St Michael’s Mount on a clear day, which only adds to the atmosphere in this special place.
Unfortunately, the gardens are not wheelchair or buggy friendly due to the steep nature of the grounds. But the Tremenheere Kitchen restaurant is open all year round and has a drop-off area that is 100% accessible. From here, the grounds and the vista can be enjoyed at your own leisure and the layout is such that diners have the feeling that the upper parts of the garden are their very own private space.
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