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Discover Cornwall's stunning gardens

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

Thanks to a mild climate, plants and flowers thrive in Cornwall, so much so that gardens have become quite a speciality.

From neatly manicured lawns to wild jungles, the small and unusual to the large and famous, Cornwall’s gardens have something to interest the youngest of adventurers to the keenest of horticulturists.

The Emerald has a number of gardens not far from it doorstep:


This sub-tropical ravine garden tumbles down to its own private beach on the Helford River and displays an amazing variety of exotic species born from plant hunting expeditions. A favourite among families for its children’s play areas and pushchair friendly walks, this is a garden where fun and adventure is welcomed with open arms.


Just a short drive away on an unspoilt stretch of the River Fal sits Trelissick, Emerald’s nearest garden. Enjoying an elevated position, this National Trust darling is famed for its stunning water views and deep-wooded valley walks.


Rubbing shoulders with Trebah on the banks of the Helford, the National Trust garden of Glendurgan successfully mixes history and tradition with fun for smaller (and bigger) members of the party.

Get lost in the magical web of the cherry laurel maze, squeal with joy as you get airborne on the ropes of the Giant’s Stride, explore the old School House or simply relax on the beach.


Another garden with plant hunter origins, Trewithen presents an amazing array of species where champion trees stand next to rare blooms.

Accept the invitation to step inside the magnificent Trewithen House positioned within the garden on the historic, privately-owned estate.


The renowned biomes of the Eden Project are just a 30 minute drive or short train hop from the Emerald.

This is where plants, education and human life comes together in spectacular fashion to shed light on the magnificence of the natural world – quite unbelievable considering its former life as a china clay pit.


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