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Open Gardens

Gardens are vital wildlife havens and bring people closer to nature. This year we are pleased to announce our fourth series of Open Garden days which will raise funds for Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

All the gardens opening for the Trust, be they large or small, are loved by their owners who want to share their enthusiasm and passion for gardening with others. We look to forward to meeting you at one of these fabulous gardens.

Dahlia Pooh with tortoise shell butterfly photo by Hidden Valley Garden

If you are interested in learning more about wildlife gardening then we have top tips and advice. You can also find inspiration in Alison Salisbury's blog which follows the progress of her beautiful woodland garden Old Zanzig through the seasons.

Inspired to open your own garden or become a volunteer at one of the gardens days? Please contact us on (01872) 273939 ext 251 or by email, we would love to hear from you.

Gardens opening in April to September 2014

Springtime is traditionally when Cornwall is at its colourful best, with daffodils, primroses and bluebells in full bloom, under splendid camellias and magnolias. Not all of us have the space for these stunning plants so what better way to spend a day or afternoon than visiting some of the county’s best gardens and to enjoy the beauty of these plants.

Pedn Billy, Helford Passage

Sunday 27th April 2pm - 5pm

View from Pedn Billy Garden, photo by Nigel BlighThis stunning garden boasts wild flower areas, beautiful specimen trees and terraced borders. Pedn Billy is ablaze with azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and flowering bulbs. Half of the 12 acres is ancient woodlands with paths that wind down to Port Navas Creek and Helford River to it's own private beach. Members of Cornwall Bat Group will be present, along with Maisy the brown long eared bat, Norman the noctual and the Pipistrelle bats. These fascinating creatures gave an account of the world through their eyes last year on BBC2’s ‘The Animals Guide to Britain’ presented by Wildlife Trust supporter Chris Packham. Visitors on the day will be able to meet and learn more about these nocturnal celebrities and other wildlife that can be spotted in the garden.

£4, children under 16 are free. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage, Cornwall, TR11 5LF

Directions: From the A39 Falmouth or A394 Helston roads head towards Mabe and Burnthouse and then on through Mawnan Smith and past Glendurgan and Trebah Garden. 0.1 miles from the Trebah entrance on the left the road goes round to the right to Port Navas and Constantine. Do not continue to the right. Go straightish off the main road towards the Freey Boat Inn, Take the first road to the right, Bar Road, before you go down the step hill to The Ferry Boat. At the end of Bar Road you will see Pedn Billy on the granite gate.

Ten Acre Wood, near Wadebridge

Sunday 4th May 1pm - 5pm

Neglected for over 50 years the semi natural ancient woodland at 10 Acre Wood, Polmorla, near Wadebridge is slowly being restored to its former glory! A carpet of bluebells in 10 Acre Wood by Jane BaileyFollow the the river along a bluebell walk under oak and holly, have great fun in the children's adventure playground or just wander amongst the mixed fruit tress in the orchard. There is plenty to see and enjoy. Refreshments will be available and dogs on leads welcome. Not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility impaired because of steep slopes. Adult: £4, U16 free.

Address: Ten Acre Wood, Polmorla, Wadebridge, PL27 7LH

Directions: Centre of Wadebridge, at the Bridge on Wool pub turn on to the Polmorla Road and head towards Polmorla Village. Go straight over the crossroads (signposted Padstow). Pass Irons Bros Foundry, 10 Acre Wood is approx 500m after the end of the foundry on right hand side.

Chy Lowena, Hayle

Sunday 25th May 2pm - 5pm

Chy Lowena is a small quarter acre garden sheltered by woodland. There is an array of fruit trees and many Chy Lowenadifferent vegetables, including some exotic species in greenhouses. There are mixed borders and planting for different habitats. Organic Gardening. Entry for adults is £4 to include a cup of tea and slice of cake, children under 16 are free. Disabled access is very limited but the owners are happy to assist by lifting whhelchairs down steps. Toilet facilities and well behaved dogs are allowed on leads Contact Stephen Driver (01736 740646). Stephen is having a small exhibition of his paintings and cards and will donate 20% of any sales to the Trust.

Address: Chy Lowena, Hayle, TR27 6NQ

On the A30 coming from the Hayle direction turn right just after the Lamb & Flag pub.

As springtime passes into summer there is still an explosion of colour in Cornish gardens, with flowers such as roses, fuchsias, dahlias and daisies coming into their own. Throughout the season there are palms, ferns, bamboos, and many of the gardens have the sea as their backdrop, or rivers and streams running through their land. Who needs ‘Chelsea’ when we have our very own spectacular gardens right here in Cornwall?

Poppy Cottage, nr Truro

Sunday 1st June 2pm - 5.30pm

Poppy Cottage Garden, photo by David Primmer

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula, Poppy Cottage Garden covers about one acre full of colour for year round interest. Planted as a series of rooms, which are small gardens in themselves, it is brimming with bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and even exotics, mainly colour themed. There is also a small orchard with unusual ducks and chickens. Entry £4. Contact Tina and David Primmer (01087) 501411.

Address: Poppy Cottage, Ruan High Lanes, Truro, TR2 5JR

Directions: Poppy Cottage is located on the A3078 Tregony to St Mawes road, four miles out of Tregony and next door to the Roseland Plant Centre.

Lethytep Garden, Penadlake

Saturday 14th June10am - 4pm

This is a great area for butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers, with plenty to interest the keenest naturalist.Lethytep Garden lily pond photo by Dave Thomas Philip Hambly will be showing us around his beautiful wildlife gardens with its walks and lakes. There will be Cornwall Wildlife Trust goods, plants, cakes and wildlife books on sale and a fundraising tombola. Entry £4. Contact -Philip and Faith Hambly (01503) 220385

Address: Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath, PL13 2PG

Directions: Turn off the A390 Liskeard to Lostwithiel road at East Taphouse and follow the B3359 towards Pelynt, Looe and Polperro. After 3.3 miles take right turn marked Panadlake.

Long Hay, Treligga, Delabole

Sunday 22nd June 11am -4pm

Long Hay is a one acre cottage garden with beautiful Beautiful flowers at Long Hay, photo by Long Hayviews of the north coast and sea. There are herbaceous beds, shrubs, a pond, greenhouse and impressive lawns. A natural meadow of one acre overlooks the sea with paths leading to copse, vegetable plots, an orchard and greenhouse. This is a fantastic example of a Cornish coastal garden in a beautiful but harsh environment. Entry £4 for adults, children under 16 are free. Dogs are not permitted at this garden and wheelchair access is limited.

Address: Long Hay, Treligga, Delabole, PL33 9EE

Directions: 10 miles north of Wadebridge. Take the B3314 Pendoggett to Delabole road. Turn left at Westdowns from Pendoggett, right from Delabole. Signed Treligga (to the north). After entering the hamlet follow parking signs. Grid ref SX050844

Ethnevas Cottage, Constantine

Sunday 6th July 2pm - 5pm

Ethnevas is an isolated granite cottage set in an intimate two acre flower and vegetagle garden. There is a bridge oveEthnevas Cottage Garden, photo by Ethnevas Cottager the stream to a large pond and also a primrose path through a semi wild bog area. The garden is in a hillside location with grass paths among native and exotic trees, including 40 different conifers. There are many camellias and rhododendrons. Mixed shrub and herbaceous beds sit amongst a wild flower glade and spring bulbs. This really is a plantaholics' garden! Adult entry £3.50, children are free. This garden is not suitable for diabled access. There are toilet facilities, refreshments and dogs are allowed on leads only. Contact Lyn Watson (01326 340 076.

Address: Ethnevas Cottage, Constantine, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5PY

Directions: 6 miles south west of Falmouth. Nearest main roads are A39 and A394. Follow signs to Constantine. At Lower Village sign, at bottom of winding hill, turn off on private lane. Garden is 3/4 mile up the hill.

Coldrenick House, Menheniot, St Germans

Sunday 13th July 2pm - 5pm THIS GARDEN IS CANCELLED

The Barn House, Poundstock, Bude

Sunday 13th July 11am - 4pm

This is a garden that shows you can battle with the elements above the dramatic cliffs of the north Cornish coaThe Barn House, photo by Tim Dinglest and win. The Barn House is a half acre garden designed for year round interest with many colourful and unusual plants. Divided and enclosed by sheltering hedges there are herbaceous borders, a prearie bed, pond, kitchen garden and patio. A walk through fields and a wooded valley often gives glimpses of abundant wildlife and flowers including primroses and bluebells. Orchids also grow wild in this area.antaholics' garden! Adult entry £4 children under 16 are free.

Address: The Barn House, Poundstock, Bude, EX23 0DE

Directions: to follow

Arundell, West Pentire, Crantock

Sunday 17th August 2pm - 5pm

Back garden at Arundell, photo by David Eyles

A garden where no garden should be! Arundell is a one acre garden set around an original farm cottage on windswept north coast National Trust headland between two fantastic beaches. At the front is a cottage garden whilst on the side is a small but wonderful Mediterranean style courtyard. To the rear is a rockery and shrubbery leading up to a 'Stumper' and Fernery and on to a stream and pond, herbaceous borders, Beth Chatto Dry Garden, a small pinetum and spectacular exotic garden. Entry is £4 for adults, children under 16 are free. There is disabled access and toilet facilities. Contact Brenda and David Eyles (01637) 831916.

Address: Arundell, West Pentire, Crantock, TR8 5SE

Directions: 1 mile west of Crantock. From the A3075 take signs to Crantock. At the junction in the village keep straight on to West Pentire hamlet (1 mile).

Trenarth Gardens, High Cross

Sunday 25th August 2pm - 5pm

Trenarth Garden photo by Jeremy Pedersen

This beautiful four acre garden is set around a 17th century farmhouse in lovely pastoral setting. There is year-round interest with the emphasis on unusual plants, structure and form. An ancient green lane circular walk through woods offers wildlife interest including a pond with a tree fern grove! Trenarth has a resident colony of bats so as well as being able to visit the gardens, visitors can learn more about this amazing species from Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Bat Group, one of their specialist groups. Refreshments available, plant sales, dogs welcome on a lead, not suitable for disabled access due to sloping garden. Adult £3.50, children U16 free.

Address: Trenarth, High Cross, Constantine, TR11 5JN

Directions: From Falmouth follow signs for Constantine. At High Cross Garage (1.5 miles before Constantine) turn left signed Mawnan then right after 30 yds into no through lane. Garden at end of lane.

May Tree Garden, St Austell

Sunday 7th September 2pm to 5pm

May Tree is a small approximately quarter acre garden withMay Tree Garden numerous seating areas which are both under cover and in the open. This stunning and intimate space has a vegetable garden, pond, gazebos and is home to an array of fascinating plants and species.

Address: May Tree Garden, St Austell, PL25 3TP

Directions: Third roundabout from Holmbush on A391 link road into Carclaze. Left into Phernyssick road, second turning on right into Clayborne Close. End of cul-de-sac.

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