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.
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 August 2013
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.
Old Zanzig Garden
Open April to September, by appointment.
Old Zanzig in St. Jidgey, Wadebridge, is a garden with a difference. This garden focuses on wildlife, and is the property of Cornwall Wildlife Trust member Alison Salisbury. Alison's garden is home to masses of wildlife plants, butterflies, toads, and a naughty squirrel! There is a wonderful woodland walk to enjoy, and ponds, flowers and vegetable gardens, with the emphasis on wildlife gardening. To find out more about the delights and dilemmas of looking after a wildlife garden visit Alison's blog on our wildlife gardening page!
Address: Old Zanzig, St Jidgey, Wadebridge, PL27 7RD, (01208 812603)
Directions: Take the A39 out of Wadebridge heading for Truro, after four miles take right turn where gate says BLABLE in large letters.
Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, near Penzance
Sunday 14th April 10am to 5pm
Described in the Sunday Times as one of the most exciting new gardens in the country, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden marries large scale subtropical planting with high quality contemporary sculpture by internationally renowned artists. Although this garden has a long history it is only since September 2012 that it has been open to the public. The Farmers' Market, plant sales, cafe and shop will all open on the day. Limited wheelchair access, dogs on a lead welcome. Adult £6.50, U11 free, 11-15 years old £3.00, concessions £5.00, careers free, family ticket £16
Address: Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Gulval, Penzance, TR20 8YL
Directions: Follow the A30 toward Penzance. When you reach the outskirts of Penzance take the 3rd exit at the Morrisons roundabout onto Jelbert Way. Pass B&Q on your left. Take the first right onto onto Posses Lane (signposted Gulval). At Gulval Church turn right and continue past Churchtown nursery on your right and after 3/4 mile turn left, signposted Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens. Entrance to gardens straight ahead.
Ten Acre Wood, near Wadebridge
Sunday 5th May 2pm - 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! Follow 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: £3.00, 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.
Ken-Caro Garden, near Liskeard
Sunday 19th May 10am - 5pm
Sweeping island beds lead out to a spectacular countryside view, conjuring up a miraculous sense of spacious beauty. This five-acre connoisseurs' garden is brimming with year-round colour! Lily ponds, plenty of seating and a wonderful woodland walk amongst towering beech trees! Refreshments available and dogs welcome on a lead. Adult £5.00, U15 free. Limited access for wheelchairs.
Address: Ken-Caro, Bicton, Liskeard, PL14 5RF
Directions: Follow A390 from Liskeard towards Callington, turn left at St Ive onto St Ive Road and head towards Pensilva. Follow brown tourist signs to garden (approx 1 mile off main road).
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?
Lethytep Garden, Penadlake
Saturday 22nd June10am - 4pm (booking essential)
This is a great area for butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers, with plenty to interest the keenest naturalist. 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.
Potager Garden, High Cross
Sunday 30th June 10am - 5pm
Emerging from the bramble choked wilderness of an abandoned plant nursery, Potager Garden at High Cross, Constantine, is now a relaxing and beautiful haven. With mature trees, which were once nursery stock, and lush herbaceous planting interspersed with fruit and vegetables, Potager aims to demonstrate the beauty of productive organic gardening. A 100 foot glasshouse houses an indoor garden, with hammocks for lounging in and games to play. Refreshment available. Entry £2.50
Address: High Cross, Constantine, Falmouth Cornwall, TR11 5RF
Directions: From Falmouth, follow signs to Constantine and turn left at High Cross. From Helston, go through Constantine and turn right at High Cross.
Carminowe Valley Garden, Gunwalloe
Sunday 21st July 2pm - 5pm
Overlooking the beautiful Carminowe Valley towards Loe Pool this abundant garden combines native oak woodland, babbling brook and large natural pond with more formal areas. Wild flower meadow, mown pathways, shrubberies, orchard, nectar beds, cutting garden, tulips in spring and roses in early summer provide huge contrast. Refreshments available, dogs on leads are welcome. Disabled car parking at the garden and main parts of the garden are accessible, toilets are not wheelchair accessible. Adults £4, U16s free.
Address: Mazey Cottage, Tangies, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7PU
Directions: Take A3083 Helston to Lizard road. From Helston direction at Culdrose bridge turn right down no-through road, do not go under bridge and opposite main gate to Culdrose. Follow road and park in field as directed.
Hidden Valley Garden, Fowey
Tuesday 30th July 10am - 6pm
Hidden Valley Gardens an intimate award-winning four acre garden and specialist plant nursery, nestled in a secluded hidden valley. The Garden has many themes including a Mediterranean area, colourful herbaceous and cottage garden beds, a 'hot' border, pond garden, Japanese area and an iris garden. There is also a fruit area and fabulous fernery! Refreshments available, plant sales, dogs welcome on a lead. Adult £4, U16 free. Disabled access - phone for details Peter Howard (01872) 873225
Address: Trees Mill, near Fowey, PL24 2TU
Directions: From A390 St Austell to Lostwithial take the B3269 signposted Fowey. After 100m take right hand fork and follow garden signs for approx 1.5 miles.
Trenarth Gardens, High Cross
Sunday 25th August 2pm - 5pm
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.
Kennall House Garden, Ponsanooth
Sunday 22nd September 2pm to 5pm
A stunning garden not to be missed and an exclusive for the Trust! Beautifully situated in Kennall Valley, and close to our very own Nature Reserve - Kennall Vale - this gorgeous 12 acre garden and arboretum is well worth a visit. With fast flowing streams, ponds and a walled garden there are places to sit and relax and enjoy the surroundings. Refreshments available and dogs are welcome on a lead. Disabled access - yes but with gravel pathways some access may be difficult. Adult £5. Children under 15 free.
Address: Kennall House, Ponsanooth, TR3 7HJ
Directions: 4 miles north west of Falmouth. A393 Falmouth to Redruth road, left at Ponsanooth Post Office, travel for 0.3miles along Kennall Vale, the garden is at the end of the drive.
Special thanks to Roskilly's for their kind donation of jam and cream!