Cornwall enjoys a unique climate in the UK...
This allows it to house some of the country's most extraordinary gardens.
Its position below the Gulf Stream for much of the year allows for the successful cultivation of many plant species which struggle to grow in other parts of the country. In fact some areas of Cornwall are so sheltered they provide the perfect setting for species normally only seen in sub tropical parts of the globe.Therefore while you're here at The Headland we recommend that if possible you take the time to explore some of the county's most stunning gardens.
However, we realise that the choice that greets you can be overwhelming, so we've put together a selection of our personal favourites for your pleasure...
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Gardens of Heligan had begun to fall into disrepair when in the early nineties a worn inscription was discovered on one of its limestone walls. It read 'Do not come here to sleep or slumber' and was undersigned by the workers of the time in 1914. The discovery of this motto was to become the inspiration for the restoration of Heligan.
Situated near Mevagissey, the gardens are now a strong example of nineteenth century style, suitable for all the family. They include aged and colossal rhododendronsand camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden and a wild area filled with sub-tropical tree ferns called "The Jungle".
The Eden Project
Created in a disused china clay pit near St Austell at the turn of the millennium, The Eden Project is one of the jewels in Cornwall's tourism crown.
Dominated by the biomes, the attraction boasts both Mediterranean and tropical gardens as well as a host of environmentally educational experiences for all ages. Committed to conservation they recently took delivery of saplings fostered from Coast Redwood trees in California, some of which had lived for nearly four thousand years. It's hoped in future decades these will flourish, creating a living library for all to enjoy.
Located near Kestle Mill, just a few miles from Newquay, Trerice is an Elizabethan manor house and garden run by The National Trust. Here you can explore both its fine interiors and well kept gardens in an afternoon.
Among many other horticultural treats the gardens feature an orchard with a wide variety of fruit trees.
Spread over 26 acres, Trebah is a subtropical garden situated in a stunning position above the Helford River.Four miles of footpaths take you through forests, pastgiant gunnera, bamboo and secret lakes before opening up onto the garden's very own secluded beach.
Cultivated since the nineteeth century, the garden's plants originate from both the Mediterranean, the Southern Hemisphere and closer to home providing visitors with a year round array of bloom and colour.
Also featuring adventure trails and a play area for children, this garden is both family and dog friendly.
Trengwainton is a country house and garden located close to Mount's Bay in the far west of the county. Covering 25 acres it contains walled kitchen gardens supposedly built to the same dimensions as Noah's Ark. Beyond this are sub tropical gardens nestled into the south facing hillsides containing plants including bananas and rhododendrons, magnolia and camellias.
Family friendly with baby changing facilities, Trengwainton's a perfect day out for all.