Gardens in Cornwall

Janet Menke MD\Z7aJuly 17, 2001

My husband and I are planning to visit Cornwall and Wales next May. I've already purchased several books on these areas but am wondering if there are any gardens that may not make it into these books that people recommend visiting. We definitely have the Lost Gardens of Heligan on our list. We are renting a car so off the beaten track is fine.

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Hi, Janet! We missed you in Chicago in July!

You are going to LOVE the Lost Gardens of Heligan!!! We were there last year in early May (try to go later in the month if possible, as there will be more in bloom), but it was simply incredible. We also rented a car and drove around. I'll have to check through our trip notes and let you know some of the places we really enjoyed.

Oh! You really should make the effort to get to St. Michael's Mt. You walk out when the tide is low and visit - the gardens fill the steep hillsides all around the castle, and are truly wonderful. Its not the "typical" garden, either...much like Heligan - very unique and nostalgic. Of course, there isn't much in England that ISN'T nostalgic! I love it all!!

We also visited Trewithern Gardens. I believe I spelled that right, and would highly recommend that in the spring. The trees will all be in bloom, and the grounds are truly lovely.

I'll let you know what else comes to mind. Are you interested in visiting any garden centers? We visited a couple that were fun.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2001 at 10:37PM
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Janet, I suggest you look at National Garden Scheme Open Days web site and you can see which gardens will be open when you are there. Kitty

Here is a link that might be useful: National Gardens Scheme

    Bookmark   August 18, 2001 at 6:37PM
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Ontario_Gardener(Z6b Ont)

Hi Janet:

First of all, let me tell you that you are in for a delightful time in Cornwall. We've been twice in the last 4 years, and we are leaving in 2 days for London and Scotland. Our first 2 trips were primarily to view gardens. I would strongly advise you to check out The National Trust @ The Trust manages over 4oo properties 2oo of which are gardens and landscape gardens. Also, most of the large estates usually have beautiful gardens associated with them. A membership allows you to see as many Houses/Gardens as you can fit in. It's well worth the money. The English Teas can be very addictive! Have a great time.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2001 at 7:12PM
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I was born in Cornwall! Lived there for the first 21 years of my life.

I've eaten many a lunch in the beautiful Morrab Gardens in Penzance.

Gee ... that was about 40 years ago. How time flies.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2001 at 1:59PM
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