Cornwall is renowned for its glorious beaches, sensational surf sports and the finest of local produce, but it also boasts a stunning array of truly world class gardens displaying some of the most exciting, rare and beautiful plants.
The most famous of these is The Eden Project, home to the world’s biggest conservatory, a rainforest canopy walkway, Britain’s biggest flower and over a million plants.
My favourite area is the warm and fragrant Mediterranean Biome, with its heady natural scents, vineyards and lush greenery. Follow the gold, mosaic path around the biome through the array of colourful poppies and lupins that are on show. The Eden project offers a truly amazing horticultural experience whether you are a seasoned professional gardener or like myself, simply an appreciator of beautiful gardens, and the biomes make the Eden project a perfect place to visit, even on the coldest and wettest of days.
As well as stunning gardens, steamy jungles and waterfalls, The Eden Project is also home to cutting-edge architecture, world-class sculptures and art, including the awe-inspiring 70-tonne granite seed sculpture located in The Core.
Not far from Eden is the internationally acclaimed Lost Gardens of Heligan offering over 200 acres of gardens including the award winning, Victorian production gardens, home to an abundance of traditional crops.
Adventure through The Jungle, rich in luxuriant foliage and exotic plants or journey through the mysterious Lost Valley and ancient woodlands, where you’ll discover The Giant’s head, Mudmaid and Grey Lady which are truly stunning horticultural masterpieces, bring your camera because you’ll definitely want to capture these weird and wonderful landmarks.
If, like me, you are a nature lover, you won’t be disappointed. Heligan home to an abundance of wildlife, visit the Horsemoor Hide interpretation centre and watch the local wildlife enjoy their natural habitat or explore the acres of land and look out for otters, owls, king fisher, bats and much more.
Lanhydrock, part of the National Trust has been recommended to me on numerous occasions as a great place to visit for their stunning, listed gardens. Developed in the 17th century the gardens are famed for their Magnolias; it’s the perfect place to sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, fragrant gardens and blooming borders. You also get the chance to join one of their free tours which run from March, led by their knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers and if you want to take any of the plants home with you there is a nursery garden where you can purchase these from. Lanhydrock also offers a beautiful place to cycle, bikes are available for hire if you don’t feel like taking your own and the gentle paths are suitable for all ages.
There are so many beautiful gardens to explore in Cornwall and unfortunately I can’t write about them all but one that can’t be missed is Trebah garden, a must see for all keen gardeners. A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop this is a truly magical place bursting with colour and exotic blooms. Work your way through the Bamboo maze, comprising numerous bamboo species, view Trebah’s champion trees, the largest of their kind in the country, shelter under Giant Rhubarb or take a leisurely stroll through the peaceful Hydrangea Valley, home to two acres of vibrant hydrangeas.
Retallack Resort and Spa is conveniently located; The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Lanhydrock are within a 30 minute drive of the resort. With so many exquisite gardens to explore near-by, Retallack is pleased to offer our luxury garden breaks package which includes entry to The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan. See here for more details or call our reservations team to book now on: 01637 882500.
Enjoy our 5* resort and full use of our facilities, take a leisurely stroll through our very own woodland walk and around Retallack’s scenic lakes, look out for local wildlife and go foraging for berries before heading to The Green Room for a well-earned gourmet meal, created by MasterChef winner James Nathan.