A Day Out Visiting the Gardens of the Roseland Peninsula

The Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall is a horticultural haven, offering a unique combination of lush landscapes, historic estates, and hidden botanical gems. This picturesque area, known for its mild climate and fertile soil, is a paradise for garden enthusiasts and casual visitors alike. In this article, we will explore some of the most captivating Cornwall garden attractions on the Roseland Peninsula, each with its own distinguishing features and historical significance. Whether you are seeking a tranquil escape or an educational experience, visiting gardens in Cornwell provides a perfect day out in one of the most beautiful parts of the United Kingdom.

Lamorran Gardens

Lamorran Gardens

Lamorran Gardens, situated in St Mawes, is a Mediterranean-inspired paradise that offers breathtaking views over the Fal Estuary. The gardens at Lamorran House were established in 1982 by Robert and Maria-Antoinette Dudley-Cooke, transforming an overgrown slope into a terraced garden inspired by their travels to La Mortella on the Italian island of Ischia.

Initially planted with rhododendrons and evergreen azaleas from their former Surrey garden, the gardens evolved to incorporate elements of Japanese, Mediterranean, and English styles. In the mid-nineties, the garden’s size doubled, allowing for the introduction of exotic and unusual plants, including a notable collection of palms and tree ferns. Visitors can wander through a series of intimate garden rooms, each with its own character and plant palette. Highlights include the palm grove, where towering palms sway gently in the coastal breeze, and the Japanese bridge, a graceful structure spanning a tranquil pond filled with water lilies and koi fish.

The temple garden, adorned with classical statues and Mediterranean plants, offers a serene and contemplative space. Additional features include a water garden with cascading pools and fountains, terraced slopes planted with a variety of exotic plants such as tree ferns, bamboos, and a diverse array of palms, all contributing to the garden’s lush and vibrant atmosphere.

Hours and Admission: The Lamorran Gardens are open from April to September during the hours of 10am and 5pm Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, with admission closing at 4pm. Admission is £13 for adults while children under 16 enter free. Groups of 10+ may visit outside of normal visiting days by request. Please contact the office for further information.

Accessibility and Additional Information: Though the entire garden is not wheelchair accessible due to its layout, there are parts of the garden that are accessible for visitors with limited mobility. Well behaved dogs are allowed on a lead.

Caerhays Estate

The Caerhays Estate, located near Gorran, is renowned for its impressive collection of magnolias and camellias. This historic estate, designed by the famous architect John Nash in 1808, features a 140-acre garden that showcases a wide variety of rare and exotic plants. The garden at the Caerhays Estate began its development in the early 20th century under the guidance of J.C. Williams, who was passionate about plant collection and horticulture.

He collaborated with renowned plant hunters, E.H. Wilson and George Forrest, to introduce a wide variety of exotic species, particularly focusing on magnolias and camellias, which now form the core of the estate’s impressive botanical collection. The gardens at Caerhays are particularly spectacular in the spring when the magnolias are in full bloom, creating a stunning display of colour and fragrance. Visitors can also explore the castle, which has been the family home of the Williams family since 1860, offering a glimpse into its rich history and architectural beauty. Additional attractions include guided tours of the castle, access to private beaches, and special events such as garden workshops and plant sales. The estate’s landscape, dotted with ancient trees and scenic walking paths, provides a perfect setting for nature enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Hours and Admission: The gardens are open for visitors daily from the 12th of February to the 16th of June 2024 from 10am to 5pm. Admission is £12 for adults and £5 for children under 5. The castle is also open for guided tours at £15 for adults and £7 for children under 5. 

Accessibility and Additional Information: The paths to the top of the garden are steep and all of the garden may not be wheelchair accessible. Please contact the office for further information.

Trelissick Gardens

Trelissick Gardens, situated at the head of the Fal Estuary, offers stunning panoramic views and a diverse array of plant species. Managed by the National Trust, Trelissick boasts extensive parklands, woodland walks, and formal gardens that are a haven for horticultural enthusiasts. The garden is home to a wide variety of plants, including vibrant rhododendrons, elegant camellias, and lush hydrangeas, all thriving in the region’s mild climate. Visitors can also explore the on-site art gallery, café, and shop, making for a well-rounded day out. Additional features include a charming Victorian water tower, the historic house with engaging exhibitions, and river access where boat trips offer a unique perspective of the estate’s beauty. The estate’s tranquil woodland trails and scenic viewpoints provide a perfect escape for nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful retreat.

Hours and Admission: Trelissick Gardens are open year-round, with admission fees of £15 for adults, £7.50 for children, £37.50 for families and £22.50 for 2 adults and one child. For group pricking, tickets are £14.25 for adults and £7.13 for children. Parking is £6.

Accessibility and Additional Information: The gardens are well-equipped for accessibility, with paved paths and ramps available for wheelchair users. Maps of accessible garden routes are available at the visitor reception and mobility scooters are available for booking.  Service dogs are welcome.

Trewithen Gardens

Trewithen Gardens, near Grampound, is a historic garden renowned for its impressive collection of camellias, rhododendrons, and magnolias. Established in the early 18th century by Phillip Hawkins, these gardens have been meticulously curated to provide a serene and picturesque experience. Visitors can explore a variety of landscapes, including enchanting woodland walks, expansive formal lawns, and a charming walled garden that houses a diverse array of plant species. Trewithen is also home to several champion trees, recognised for their exceptional size and age, adding to the garden’s allure. Additional attractions include an aviary, a well-stocked plant centre, and the delightful Tea Shed, where visitors can enjoy refreshments. The estate also features the historic Trewithen House, offering insights into its rich history, and hosts seasonal events such as garden tours and horticultural workshops, making it a vibrant destination for garden enthusiasts and history lovers alike.

Hours and Admission: The gardens are open from the 1st of March to 30th of September, seven days a week, from 10am to 4:30pm. Adult admission is £12.50 and children under 12 are free.

Accessibility and Additional Information: The garden is equipped with paths accessible for those with limited mobility. If you require a companion or carer in order to visit, they offer free companion or carer tickets.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Although not strictly on the Roseland Peninsula, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are close enough to warrant a mention. Located near Mevagissey, these gardens are one of the most famous botanical sites in the UK, renowned for their dramatic rediscovery and restoration in the 1990s after decades of neglect. Today, visitors can explore over 200 acres of diverse landscapes, including the exotic Jungle with its subtropical plants and raised boardwalks, the highly productive Victorian Kitchen Gardens, and the idyllic Pleasure Grounds with their sweeping lawns and ornamental lakes. The Lost Gardens of Heligan also feature a working farm, wildlife areas that support a variety of native species, and a range of interactive exhibits and sculptures that bring the garden’s rich history and biodiversity to life. Seasonal events, educational programs, and family-friendly activities ensure that there is something for everyone at this enchanting and historically significant site.

Hours and Admission: The gardens are open year-round, with admission fees of £24.95 for adults and £11 for children 5-17 years.

Accessibility and Additional Information: Approximately 13 acres of the gardens can be accessed via even paths, though some paths in the jungle area may be challenging for those with mobility issues. They offer free tickets for accompanying carers. Good news for your furry friends – dogs are welcome.

Enchanted Blooms and Heritage

The Roseland Peninsula’s horticulture reputation is well-deserved, thanks to its mild climate and fertile soil. The gardens in this region reflect the area’s rich cultural heritage, displaying a wide variety of plant species and historic landscapes. From the Mediterranean-inspired Lamorran Gardens to the historic Caerhays Estate, each garden offers a unique experience that highlights the beauty and diversity of the region’s flora. Whether you are a seasoned horticulturist or simply looking for a peaceful day out, the Roseland Peninsula gardens provide a perfect escape into nature.

Lost Gardens of Heligan

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