Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth: Renowned for its wonderful textures, tones and visual delights round every corner, a true plantsman’s paradise. Call 01326 252020 or log on to

Ken-Caro, Bicton, Liskeard: Wonderful views across the countryside from this garden which has a good range of plants, some of them most unusual. Call 01579 362446

Lanhydrock, Bodmin: The gardens of Lanhydrock House, the Cornish headquarters of the National Trust, laid out in formal areas, parkland and lovely avenue of trees, now mainly beech. One area is devoted to bog plants and there are many flowering trees and shrubs, including the usual Cornish mixture of rhododendrons and camellias, but with the addition of flowering cherries and almonds and hydrangeas. Garden open daily all year. Various Winter events including Christmas. Call 01208 265950 or log on to

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell: Now so famous, the gardens are maturing nicely, with many new features each year. Like many Cornish gardens Heligan features masses of rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. The lake area has been extensively renovated, as has the wonderfully productive vegetable garden. Call 01726 845100 or log on to

Mount Edgcumbe, Cremyl, Torpoint: Described by Samuel Pepys in 1683 as ‘the most beautiful place as ever was seen’ this estate lies across the river from Plymouth, close to Torpoint, and is as beautiful as ever The house was begun in 1547 and gradually a sumptuous garden was created with sea-girt woodlands, rare trees and shrubs, a formal garden in English, French and Italian styles, the Earl’s garden made in the 18th Century. The park is free to visit. Call 01752 822236 or log on to

Pinetum Park & Pine Lodge Gardens, Holmbush, St Austell: A 30-acre estate with lots of different gardens within the whole and more than 6,000 plants, all labelled. All year-round interest including herbaceous borders with many rare plants, authentic Japanese garden. Holders of National Collection of Grevilleas. Open all year. Call 01726 73500 or log on to

Cornish Gardens

Mount Edgcumbe

Trebah Garden, Mawnan Smith, Falmouth: A magnificent Cornish garden set at the head of a 25-acre ravine dropping down to the Helford Estuary. There is a children’s play area and the private beach is open to visitors. Open all year- round 10.30am to 5pm. Call 01326 252200 or log on to

Trelissick, Feock, Truro is one of the National Trust’s most well-known Cornish gardens, set high above a salt-water inlet formed by the Fal. Open most of the year, including Winter opening hours. Woodland walks open all year. Call 01872 862090 or log on to

Pine Lodge Gardens.

If you are a keen gardener and fancy exploring five acres of proper nursery, then Bodmin Nursery is the place for you!

No gnomes, sheds or ornaments, just rows and rows of strong, healthy, home-grown plants with an impressive range of varieties.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

All areas of plants are grown, including shrubs, herbs, flowering perennials, fruit, bedding, alpines, trees and much more!

Growing techniques are traditional, but within modern glasshouses and tunnels, so there is much covered area to explore.

Should you need help or advice, the

Trengwainton: National Trust garden near Penzance. Georgian walled gardens with raised beds housing tender plants. Interest all year-round and stunning views over Mounts Bay. Open all year, various events. Call 01736 363148 or log on to

Trewithen Gardens, Grampound Road, Truro: The gardens contain rare Asiatic species and camellias are very much a forte including C Donation from which all others in the world have been taken. Garden re-opens in March, nursery open all the year-round. Call 01726 883647 or log on to

Explore Bodmin Nursery

nursery team is always on hand for friendly assistance.

The Mill Café is open every day from 10am - 4pm for fresh coffee, home-made cakes & light lunches.

Originally the site of a 17th century water mill the nursery is set in a peaceful countryside setting, conveniently sited just outside of Bodmin, midway between Bodmin and Lanivet on the A389 and just two miles from the A30.

The nursery is open every day 9am – 5pm (Sundays 10am – 4pm).

A regular foodie Farmers’ Market runs on the third Saturday of each month, from 10am – 2pm.

Spring Festival Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017

Specialists in Perennials & Herbs, plus shrubs, trees, fruit, grasses, climbers and bedding.

Great advice, friendly service The Mill Café now open every day

Farmers’ Market 3rd Saturday of every month 10am-2pm 01208 72837

Laveddon Mill, Bodmin PL30 5JU (Between Bodmin & Lanivet on the A389)

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