Exploring the Breathtaking Gardens of Falmouth and the Roseland Exploring the Breathtaking Gardens of Falmouth and the Roseland Exploring the Breathtaking Gardens of Falmouth and the Roseland Exploring the Breathtaking Gardens of Falmouth and the Roseland

Exploring the Breathtaking Gardens of Falmouth and the Roseland

15 May

The gardens of Falmouth and the Roseland Peninsula are more than horticultural marvels; they offer a truly enchanting opportunity to connect with nature and history. 

Nestled along the stunning coastline of Cornwall, the picturesque town of Falmouth and the Roseland Peninsula are renowned for their captivating natural beauty, maritime history, and, most notably, their award-winning and subtropical gardens.

These magical gardens offer visitors a serene escape into a world of vibrant colours, fragrant blooms, and tranquil ambience.

We introduce you to the captivating gardens of Falmouth and the Roseland, uncovering their unique features and the immersive experiences they offer.

Caerhays Estate

Nestled in a valley above Porthluney Cove, these gardens are one of Britain's horticultural treasure troves. 

Holder of the National Magnolia Collection, these beautiful spring gardens are set in 140 acres of woodland. Visitors will see some of the magnificent selection of plants brought back from China and the Far East by the intrepid plant hunters of the early 1900's along with a wide range of rhododendrons and camellias which Caerhays and the Williams family are associated with worldwide.

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Enys Gardens

Enys Gardens is a historic garden situated in Penryn near Falmouth.

Enys was a busy living estate two hundred years ago, and the buildings can still be seen today. The Enys family lived in an imposing 19th-century mansion with two small cottages, outbuildings and a courtyard of old farm buildings. One of the cottages now has a small cafe, and you'll also find a history room.

The gardens offer a unique, tranquil and unspoilt experience. Expect an abundance of bluebells in the spring in the open meadow, a waterwheel and ponds, formal flower gardens, an elegant Broadwalk, rare Cornish apple trees in the orchard, and a play burrow for younger visitors.

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National Trust Glendurgan Garden

Lose yourself in the three valleys of Glendurgan Garden, a peaceful and exotic valley garden that leads you to a sheltered beach on the Helford River. It's a place where you can truly relax, reflect, and enjoy the beauty of nature.

The garden's unique spring colours, starting with camellias, rhododendrons, and magnolias, followed by carpets of bluebells, create a serene and tranquil atmosphere.

In summer, the garden is a haven for wildlife. Look out for colourful butterflies and listen to bees buzzing among the flowers in the apple orchard.

Glendurgan Garden is the perfect place for a great family day out with plenty of activities from skimming stones on the beach to getting lost in the maze.

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Gyllyngdune Gardens at the Princess Pavilion

The exquisite gardens at the Princess Pavilion, completed in 1907, are a sight to behold.

With the original Edwardian bandstand, rose garden, secret grotto, natural play area, and monolithic arch, the gardens offer a unique blend of history and natural beauty.

The stunning views of the sea, Pendennis Castle, and Gyllyngvase Beach provide the perfect backdrop for a peaceful and inspiring visit and entry is free.

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Lamorran House Gardens

Situated on the Roseland Peninsula with extensive views over St Anthony's Head, these sub-tropical gardens thrive in a favourable microclimate and offer a visual treat and sensory delight.

A diverse range of plants from all over the world are planted to create a garden that is very much in the mould of Mediterranean gardens.

The ever-present running water in the many pools and streams adds a soothing touch to the experience. Lamorran Gardens is on a four-acre south-facing hillside with the sea and St. Anthony Head, with its lighthouse, as the backdrop, providing a picturesque setting for a leisurely stroll.

This is an intimate garden, and visitors can always find new areas through archways and curving gravel paths.

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Trebah Garden

Trebah Garden, a paradise of subtropical wonders, is a horticultural gem nestled in a steep valley that descends to its own private beach on the Helford River.

Meander the four miles of footpath, and you'll feel like you've stepped into a tropical paradise, complete with exotic plants, towering palms, and a stunning collection of rhododendrons and camellias that burst into a riot of colours during the spring months.

The garden's hidden pathways, natural spring, and enchanting koi-filled ponds create a sense of serenity that leaves visitors in awe.

With a unique outdoor theatre and plenty of dedicated space for small ones, as well as four-legged friends, Trebah is the perfect destination for both family adventures and peaceful solitude.

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The UK’s first tea gardens thrive in a unique climate thanks to the 18-metre deep sea creek of the River Fal. Tregothnan pioneered tea growing using their botanical know-how, creating an international home for truly English tea!

The Tregothnan garden has a unique microclimate for growing tea and provides the perfect conditions for hundreds of plants and shrubs that you wouldn’t expect to see growing in England – banana trees, avenues lined with tropical ferns and eucalyptus groves boasting many different species native to the southern hemisphere.

Tregothnan has been protecting and cultivating the Wollemi Pine, which until 1994 was believed to have been extinct, with the oldest fossil dating back to 200 million years ago.

Add a record-breaking Camellia Maze and a Chinese pagoda engulfed in some of the world’s largest Rhododendrons. You have a botanical experience unlike any other.

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National Trust Trelissick Gardens

A tranquil and varied National Trust garden on the Fal River, Trelissick has a superb collection of tender and exotic plants.

Starting in a complex of former farm buildings and garden walls, explore this elevated garden with its views of deep wooded valleys and flashes of blue water. Trelissick sits on its own peninsula in an unspoilt stretch of the Fal River. Picturesque planting is heightened by the folding contours and the informal wooded setting.

Four summerhouses are dotted around the garden, perfect places for picnics. The magical Cryptomeria tree and gorgeous riverside woodland walks are also to be enjoyed.

The Cornwall Crafts gallery sells unique gifts and souvenirs, and the bright, airy cafe serves home-cooked snacks and lunches. 

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