Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isle of Scillys

The gorgeously lush subtropical Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isle of Scillys


Cornwall is blessed with a diverse array of gardens, both grand and cosy, from the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Landhydrock to the beautiful subtropical gardens around Falmouth, like Glendurgen and Trebah and the peaceful gardens on St Michael’s Mount.

Here are a few to mention (source:

Eden Project
Eden Project is Cornwall’s world class visitor destination for the 21st century opened in Spring of 2001. It has been described as ‘a wonder of the modern world.

Lanhydrock is a 30 acre formal woodland garden with exceptional magnolias, a large number of hardy hybrid rhododendrons, many rare trees and shrubs and a unique circular herbaceous garden.

Lost Gardens of Heligan
Lost Gardens of Heligan has over 200 acres of superb working Victorian gardens and pleasure grounds together with a magnificent complex of walled gardens.

Set in a wooded valley dropping steeply to the hamlet of Durgan on the shore of the beautiful Helford estuary, Glendurgan is one of the great sub-tropical gardens of the South West. Exotic trees and shrubs flourish amidst open glades carpeted with wild flowers. This garden is unique with its superb subtropical garden and restored 19th-century laurel maze. Set within a wooded valley with many large trees and shrubs, the garden is packed with rare and exotic plants from around the world, these thrive in the warm temperate climate of the coast of Cornwall.

St Michael’s Mount
St Michael’s Mount is the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, this magical island has a church, a medieval castle (home of the St Aubyn family for over 300 years), an exotic garden clinging to the steep flanks, and an ancient harbour where you will find shops, restaurants and an audio-visual presentation on the history of the Mount.

Twenty-six acre, steeply wooded ravine garden falls 200 feet from the eighteenth-century house down to the beach & river. Glades of huge sub-tropical tree ferns and palms mingle with giant gunnera, furcraea and echium, and over all is the great rolling canopy of 100 year old rhododendrons and a multitude of trees and shrubs with everchanging colour and scent. Trebah, one of the ‘Great Gardens of Cornwall’ and part of the ‘Eden Trail’ is rated among the 80 most beautiful gardens in the world. This lovely wild sub-tropical ravine paradise winds through huge plantations of 100 year old giant tree ferns, rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, palms and 2 acres of massed hydrangeas to the private beach on the Helford River.

Trereife Garden is a 18th century formal and walled gardens being restored with parterres and fountains with a clay pond surrounded by rhododendrons and camellias.

Trengwainton Garden following a stream, this intimate woodland garden with its rich collection of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias leads up to a terrace with splendid views of Mount’s Bay. Walled gardens contain tender species not seen elsewhere on mainland Britain.

Trewidden is set in south- facing hills, two miles west of Penzance, Cornwall. The exceptionally mild climate allows us to grow one of the largest and finest selections of camellias in the country.

Diverse collection with magnificent river views, Origin early 19th century developed in 1920s/30s. Rhododendrons, camellias, acers, conifers hydrangeas, and tree ferns. Gently sloping site sheltered by woodland & surrounded by 376 acres parkland.

Tresco Bay Abbey
A garden with collection of plants from mainly southern hemisphere such as South Africa, Mexico, Canary Isles and Australia with ships’ figurehead museum. Tresco Abbey Gardens flourish in the warm Gulf Stream climate and are regarded by botanists as one of the most interesting and varied botanical experiments in the world.

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is a major new attraction in West Cornwall which opened mid September 2012. In a beautiful sheltered valley, the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide a perfect setting for large scale exotic and sub-tropical planting. Interwoven with this there is also an evolving programme of high quality contemporary art installations.


For as map of all the notable gardens in Cornwall visit