Check out our Spring Garden Break
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Cornwall's best Spring Gardens.
If you are unsure which of the fantastic gardens to pick from, here is some information about each of them in order to help you make your decision!
Caerhays Castle Garden
Caerhays Castle Gardens are home to a national Magnolia collection, fantastically set in the 120 acre estate of the English Heritage Grade 2 listed Caerhays Castle.
Photo credit: Caerhays Estate
J C Williams of Caerhays invested over £300,000 of his own money into the work of "plant hunters", who went in search of new and exotic flowers and seeds to bring to the UK. A large proportion of plants and flowers grown from these seeds can still be seen at Caerhays to this day.
The history of the garden's wonderful collection of Chinese flowers can be traced back as far as the 19th century. They can be
enjoyed during one of the many guided walks, which are run by the head gardener of the Castle gardens. These walks usually last between1 ½ to 2 hours.
Boasting the longest lawn in Cornwall and famed for its collection of Camellias, Trewithen Gardens is a delightful place to visit.
Photo credit: Trewithen Garden
Viewing platforms allow a closer inspection of a beautiful floral canopy, which includes 300 Cornish bred varieties of crocus, scillas and daffodils.
Trewithen received a very special accolade in 2012; by becoming one of only 30 gardens in the world to become an International Camellia Garden of Excellence.
Walks lead by the head gardener are available throughout spring. These tours usually last an hour, and give the opportunity to be able to enjoy all the gardens have to offer.
Hidden Valley Gardens
A more intimate garden set in three acres of land, situated in a hidden valley of Cornwall. With 26 identified flower beds and borders, it is a delightful place to visit; with glorious colours present from early spring right through the seasons.
Photo credit: Hidden Valley
With its own pond area, complete with bog planting and locally attracted wildlife, the gardens are perfect for people of all ages. Japanese and Mediterranean areas surround the pond area; which is a wonderful place to relax and take in the surroundings.
There is the opportunity to make your own refreshments in a Tea Hut, which is complete with homemade cakes. Being a plant nursery, there is also the chance to buy some plants that may catch your eye.
Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens
Pinetum and Pine Lodge Gardens have over 6000 labelled plants, which are situated in more than ten different and individually styled gardens.
Photo credit: Pinetum Park
These gardens range from an intimate Japanese inspired garden, to the Pinetum Park; with 80 different styles of conifers situated in four acres of land.
The gardens have also been able to attract a vast wealth of wildlife who know call the park home. The crowning glory of all of this wildlife is a pair of black swans, who are now a permanent resident of the gardens.
Having a Water Garden built specifically to attract wildlife, many different species flock to this area, including newts, frogs and toads who come to spawn all year round.
Trebah Garden has a delightful coastal backdrop, and is rated as one of the top 80 finest gardens in the world. Spring is the optimal time to see the 100-year-old rhododendrons; which are infused with colourful magnolias and camellias.
Photo credit: Trebah Garden
In the centre of the gardens, there lies a delightful water garden. It has been built around a natural spring which flows downhill, and features of pools situated either side of a winding stone path.
The Trebah Gardens also have their own private beach, situated at a perfect halfway point through the gardens. Polgwiddon Cove faces out onto Helford River, and offers views out on to the open sea.
With tickets to two of these five wonderful gardens on offer as part of the deal, there has never been a better time to visit. This is an especially good time to visit, with our hotels in Fowey Cornwall looking beautiful in the spring!