Classic Cornwall gardens
Cornwall is known around the world for the breadth and splendour of its gardens. The legacy of the Victorian plant-hunters, Cornwall boasts an array of horticultural jewels that are worth visiting again and again.
Pirates on the Prom, PenzanceDate: 26 May 2014. A day of pirate themed music, dance, theatre, parades and mischief. The main event is a world record attempt for 'most people dressed as a pirate!' This will be counted and recorded on the Prom in Penzance. Find out more information
The secret gardens of Falmouth...If you're visiting Flushing Holiday Cottages this year and want a fantastically festive, ‘post Christmas dinner’ walk, or just want to admire the amazing sights that Falmouth has to offer, then here is your guide to four of the best secret gardens scattered around Falmouth that are guaranteed to fulfil your wintry wishes this year! 1: Kimberly Park With its beautiful plethora of perfect green trees, plant-life blooming with colour and a rich history dating back to before 1877, what's not to love about Kimberly Park? Whether you're doing a spot of Christmas shopping, or just enjoying a festive family walk, Kimberly park is the ideal place to be, being dog friendly and just a 5-10 minute walk from Falmouth town centre. There's also an impressive play area for the kids too, which truly makes Kimberly park a place for the whole family to enjoy! 2: Gyllyngdune Gardens Another amazing garden that not only looks great but has a rich history too. Starting out as just a single Edwardian bandstand in 1907, the Gyllyngdune Gardens have grown into an extensive and vibrant place that is now home to all sorts of events ranging from evening concerts to town fetes. If you're interested in seeing the more historic side of the beautiful gardens of Falmouth then this is definitely the place for you, or equally if you're just looking for a family friendly place to get some fresh air then it's great for that too! Being situated within easy walking distance from the sea front, why not continue the walk to the beach to see some amazing wintry waves! 3: Fox Rosehill Gardens Fox Rosehill Garden can be found just off Melvill road. This discreet, peaceful garden, compliments of the Fox family from the end of the second world war, is home to an amazing variety of plant species from all over the world- from Australia to South America. If you're staying with us this Christmas, go for a winter walk with the whole family through Fox Rosehill Gardens (and bring the dog, everyone's welcome!) shielded from the bitter Cornish cold by the thick backdrop of exotic trees and plant life. 4: Queen Mary Gardens Opened in 1912 to commemorate the queen's coronation, this garden is full of sub tropical hideaways and is located right behind the award winning Gyllyngvase beach and its wonderful cafe. It's a great day for the whole family this Christmas: a relaxing stroll through the gardens and across the beach, and then indoors to warm your cold hands with a hot cup of coffee or fill your empty stomach with great food from the Gyllyngvase cafe! Otherwise, this garden is only a convenient 10 minute walk away from Falmouth's town centre, allowing for a fun walk in Queen Mary's garden, followed by a spot of Christmas shopping and an evening meal in any one of Falmouth's restaurants.
The Eden Projectlocation: St Austell, PL24 2SG
Eleven years ago this place was a barren, exhausted china clay pit. Now its massive Biomes (one of which is the biggest greenhouse in the world) and millions of plants bear witness to what can be achieved by a can-do attitude and the tenacity of the human spirit.
Eden is as potent a symbol of hope for the future as you could find anywhere on earth. That's the big stuff…simple pleasures await you here too: imaginative children's play areas, impromptu storytelling, workshops for all ages, a wide choice of delicious food, a shop full of amazing stuff from all over the world – and just sniffing the flowers of course!www.edenproject.com
Lost Gardens of Heliganlocation: Nr St Ewe, PL26 6EN
Heligan was recently dubbed 'The Nation's Favourite Garden' by BBC Gardeners' World viewers after the award-winning restoration of its productive gardens, but this is just one of many features that make this a fantastic year-round destination.
The 22-acre 'jungle' was created as a horticultural playground to indulge the passion for sub-tropical plants that swept the country over a hundred years ago. Now some of the most lush vegetation in the country can be found in this steep-sided valley garden, including the largest collection of tree ferns in Europe, thickets of bamboo and a banana plantation.www.heligan.com
Trebahlocation: Mawnan Smith, TR11 5JZ
Trebah is our favourite! Steeply wooded, sub-tropical 25 acre ravine garden, falls 200 feet from 18th Century house to private beach on the Helford River. A stream cascading over waterfalls through ponds full of Koi Carp and exotic water plants, winds through two acres of hydrangeas and spills out over the beach. Glades of huge sub-tropical tree ferns and palms mingle with a multitude of trees and shrubs of ever-changing colours and scent, beneath an over-arching canopy of 100 year old rhododendrons.www.trebah.co.uk
Enys Trustlocation: Penryn, TR10 9LB
Said to be one of the oldest gardens in Cornwall, Enys is a historical garden that deserves a visit by any garden connisseur with a passion for the past. The displays of bluebells are the most amazing spectacle, and are not to be missed. With so much to explore, from the water wheel and lakes in the lower valley, to the parkland of bluebells in spring, it comes as no surprise that the scenery here has been much photographed over the years. Enys makes a wonderful garden for walkers, and it's also dog friendly, so bring your four-legged friends!www.enystrust.org.uk
Trelissicklocation: Feock (Nr Truro), TR3 6QL
Perched at the head of the Fal Estuary, Trelissick boasts jaw-dropping views and a huge array of plant species. Quite literally at the water's edge, you can catch the ferry from Truro, Falmouth or the Roseland Peninsula to land at this waterside garden and exotic wonderland. At its heart, the 20-acre garden itself is a year-round display of colourful blooms, noted for its camellias, rhododendrons and a collection of photinia and azaleas. There's plenty of room to let the kids run wild, and you can lead their imaginations across the globe as you discover foreign trees and shrubs.www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trelissickgarden
Trevarnolocation: Crowntown (Nr Helston), TR13 0RU
A true hidden gem nestled in a valley just three miles from Helston, this horticultural hotspot has only been open to the public since 1998. This historical garden is home to a beautiful Victorian boathouse that sits on the tranquil lake, but it also boasts many more features from the past such as a century-old Yew tunnel. The jewel in its historical crown is its fascinating National Museum of Gardening. Even young imaginations will be captivated by the intriguing museum, but there is much more on offer that makes Trevarno a family friendly garden.www.trevarno.co.uk
Carwinionlocation: Mawnan Smith, TR11 5JA
Twelve-acres of wild Victorian gardens nestled in the Helford Valley, Carwinion is home to one of the most spectacular national collections of bamboo in the country. Carwinion is a wild and untamed spring garden prolific with wild flowers, primroses and blue bells and let the colourful camellias, hydrangeas, ferns and wild flowers flood your senses of sight and smell. In the summer explore the banks of the ponds, streams and enormous groves of gunnera. Bring your four-legged companions to explore this dog friendly plot, and take a stroll up the sides of the valley that are brimming with large rhododendrons, palms and a wildly exotic atmosphere.www.carwinion.co.uk
Trewithenlocation: Grampound (Nr Truro), TR2 4DD
This horticultural hotspot has been described as "perhaps the most beautiful woodland garden in England" (Penelope Hobhouse), and is internationally famous for its collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. With 28-acres of paradise to explore, Trewithen is a fantastically family friendly spot to let the kids loose. The stunning magnolia fountain will leave them wide-mouthed in amazement, and big, beautiful trees will keep their imaginations sky-high. Other distractions to keep them wonderfully amused include viewing platforms, a camera obscura, a play area and a tearoom for a well-deserved break.www.trewithengardens.co.uk