Visit Cornwall: Our Favourite Roseland Peninsula Gardens

As a well-deserving designated part of Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Roseland Peninsula has so much to offer in terms of artistic inspiration and of course, just for a little getaway!

 

We moved here ourselves only a year ago after falling in love with the place and we’re certainly not the first to do that. Cornwall never ceases to wow and capture the imagination of visitors and local residents alike, but for us, there was something really special about Roseland. From the incredible, scenic beaches (check out our top recommendations here), charming villages and wonderful head-clearing walks to some of the countries best seaside dining – a must for any foodies among you! Our adoration for Roseland does not come lightly – it truly is a magical part of the world.

 

Living here, we’re really starting to discover all the best bits of Roseland and we see it as our duty, as art gallery owners with a passion for the loveliness of our new home, to share our most beautiful finds with you.

 

Although the beaches here are wondeful (with many even awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award, the international standard for best beaches in the world!), not every day is a day for sandy ice-creams and a dip in the Big Blue, so in this blog, we are going to introduce you to our favourite Roseland gardens that we think are well worth exploring…

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Lost Gardens of Heligan

 

The name alone says it all – this is not just your ordinary garden, this is something truly unique.

 

Hailed as ‘the garden restoration of the century’ by The Times and awarded a whopping five accolades in both the Cornwall Tourism Awards and the British Travel Awards, the Lost Gardens of Heligan is an absolute pleasure to explore for all the family and features stunning offerings from all over the world in a welcoming and enchanting atmosphere.

 

Discover winding Victorian pleasure grounds and productive gardens; step back in time under historic rhododendron boughs and Maori-carved ferns; explore a sprawling outdoor Jungle complete with towering bamboo, banana plantations and the longest Burmese rope bridge in Britain and delight in finding hidden sculptures throughout.

 

This garden also has its own ancient woodland in the 200 acres of Cornish estate, home to a wide range of native fauna thanks to the park owner’s efforts to maximise bio-diversity within a patchwork of habitats. There is also a farm you can visit, home to pigs, cows, free-roaming chickens in ‘the poultry orchard’ and most importantly our native black bees in observation hives (read about these remarkable creatures on our World Bee Day blog).

 

There is so much to see and do that you’ll definitely need to treat yourself to a little something at The Heligan Kitchen & Bakery, boasting a menu brimming home-baked goods and lunches prepared using produce grown just 150 yards from your plate! Talk about locally sourced…

Lamorran House Gardens

 

Lamorran is a subtropical, Italianate inspired garden on Cornwall's beautiful Roseland peninsula.

A garden of many levels, it is situated on a south facing slope, and is surrounded on three sides by the benign influence of the warming sea. St Anthony’s headland sits across the water, creating a protected inlet to St Mawes and the river beyond.

These unique conditions mean that the garden remains frost free in all but the most serious of winters; the last recorded frost being in 1987. A wide range of plants from all over the world is therefore able to be grown, resulting in something of a plantsperson’s paradise. An extensive, eclectic and unusual range of plants can be found, with particular emphasis on southern hemisphere and sub-tropical flora.

Many features are included to divide the garden into intimate compartments which the visitor can find and explore. There are areas of woodland, a water garden in Japanese style as well as temples and archways in the steeper parts of the garden, and a small bridge on which to lean and look out over the bay exhibiting a distinctly Venetian influence.

The guiding principle behind the garden has been the desire to create tranquility and beauty in harmony with nature. If the visitor finds these qualities present, then the garden has served its purpose.

The gardens were featured in a 2010 Gardener's World special - 'Gardening on the Edge', as well as appearing in the top ten of the BBC 'Nation's Favourite Gardens' in 2002.

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Trelissick Gardens

 

The Trelissick Gardens consists of 375 acres of countryside (making this a great choice for avid walkers), blooming gardens and the impressive façade of Trelissick House and is bursting with fascinating history and an enormous array of plant species.

 

As a National Trust garden, you can expect every last inch to be perfectly turned out and also, a wide range of ever-changing exhibitions and events. Currently, The Trelissick Gallery is hosting the ‘I Dare, I Dream, I Do’ triptych from the 16th April – 31st October. Here, you can take in the moving stories and creative artwork of a variety of artists and craftspeople interpreting the story of Ida Copeland.

 

As you journey though this exceptional landscape, you’ll no doubt come across many hidden treasures such as the quaint log summerhouses and well-preserved water tower. Meandering through extensive, winding trails you’ll soak up trees and plants from all over the world and delight in a plethora of fragrant and vibrant blooms, creating memories you’ll never forget.

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