Out & About
Cornish gardens open in November 2006
Mawnan Smith, Falmouth
Enthusiasts flock from all over the world to take advantage of its unique collection of Bamboo. Others visit Carwinion to relax and walk through the tranquil gardens to view the many species of ferns and camellias. Gardens open every day. Tel. 01326 250258, or visit www.carwinion.co.uk
Cotehele House and Gardens
St Dominick, nr Saltash
Tel. 01579 351346 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Bodelva, St Austell
The Humid Tropics Biome - the world's largest greenhouse - is home to the plants of the rainforest - bananas, rubber, cocoa, coffee, teak and mahogany. Whilst the warm Temperate Biome is filled with the plants of the Mediterranean regions of the world - South Africa, California and the Med itself. Outside sunflowers, hemp, tea and a host of other plants from our own region grow. Open 9.00am to 6.00pm (last entry 4.30 pm). Tel. 01726 811911 or visit www.edenproject.com.
(NB not the House) Godolphin Cross, nr Helston. Tel. 01736 762479 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk .
Godolphin House and Gardens
Godolphin Cross, Nr Helston
Discover the extraordinary beauty of Godolphin House and Gardens which offer over 700 years of Cornish history. The privately owned Tudor and Stuart Grade 1 mansion complete with its Elizabethan stables lies surrounded by very early formal gardens (c.1500), orchards and spectacular bluebell woods (April to May). Marquee restaurant. For information about opening times, tel. 01736 763194. www.godolphin.co.uk
Lanhydrock House: the Gardens
Tel 01208 265950 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan, St Austell
The award winning Lost Gardens of Heligan extend to some eighty acres of superb pleasure grounds together with a magnificent complex of walled gardens and a huge, productive vegetable garden, all fast returning to their former glory. Lying at the heart of one of the most mysterious estates in England, Heligan, the former seat of the Tremayne family, is now the site of the largest garden restoration in Europe. Open daily except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 10am to 5pm or earlier according to weather. Last admission at 4.30pm. Tel. 01726 845100. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.heligan.com.
Mawnan Smith, nr Falmouth
Welcome to a spectacular 26 acre Cornish ravine garden, rated among the 80 finest gardens in the world. This sub- tropical paradise is home to a unique collection of rare and exotic plants, trees and shrubs winding down to a private and secluded beach on the Helford River. Open every day from 10.30am until 6.30pm (last entry 5pm). Tel. 01326 250448 or visit www.trebahgarden.co.uk
Feock, Nr Truro
Tel. 01872 862090
or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Tresco Abbey Garden
Isles of Scilly
Set aside your preconceptions about what can and cannot be grown in frost-cursed, rain-soaked Britain. These Abbey Gardens are a glorious exception - a perennial Kew without the glass - shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host 20,000 exotic plants. Gardens open every day: cafe and shop open every weekend in December, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Tel. 01720 424105
or visit www.tresco.co.uk
Trevarno Estate Gardens
(with National Museum of Gardening)
Crowntown, near Helston
The Jewel in the crown, at the heart of the estate, 70 acres of enchanting gardens and grounds featuring one of Cornwall's largest and most diverse plant collections set within magnificent formal, informal and woodland areas.
Please note that the Gardens offer little protection from wind, sun or rain, so be prepared (closing could be earlier depending on weather conditions). Trevarno dates back to 1246. The 35 acre garden has many attractive features including a Victorian Boathouse. Open every day (except Christmas and Boxing Day) from 10.30am to 5.00pm. Tel. 01326 574274 or visit www.trevarno.co.uk
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