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Cornwall's Gardens

21 April 2017

Garden Glory

There are more than 70 superb gardens in Cornwall and the milder year-round climate is perfect for growing ‘sub-tropical’ plants – many of which cannot grow anywhere else in the UK – and Cornwall abounds with lush gardens. 

In the last couple of centuries a distinct gardening tradition has developed in Cornwall. Wealthy landowners and industrial families sent sailors and plant hunters off all over the world to bring back samples of rare and exotic plants, trees and shrubs for their fashionable gardens. Their unique legacy is that many of Cornwall’s gardens today contain plants from places like the Himalayas, Japan, China, Indonesia, Bermuda and the Andes. In fact, statistics show that Cornwall has more species of plants growing in the county than anywhere else in the world.

The climate is the key; geographically, Cornwall lies cheek-by-jowl with the Gulf Stream, making for mild temperatures and moist conditions in which exotic species can luxuriate. 

From small cottage gardens to large formal gardens on grand estates, dramatic ravine gardens to fine herbaceous borders, old neglected and rescued gardens to new planting projects and gardens still in the making. Cornwall really does have some of the greatest gardens in the world. Come see for yourself…

Gardens in Cornwall

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