Many people think that Cornwall’s gardens are at their best in spring and whilst this is true for some, there is still plenty to see and do in the summer months, here are our top tips for August!
Eden is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes, together with imaginative planting that covers all sides of the valley. On the 6th August you can learn to forage for wild food with Eden’s expert forager. Try a seasonal foray into the wider Eden estate, seeking out nature’s edible abundance.
Visit this sheltered garden bursting with exotic trees and shrubs. This summer experience stunning views and an abundance of exotic trees and shrubs in a garden cradled just inland of Mounts Bay. If you love the sunshine warm yourself on Trengwainton’s Terrace with its wide sea views or if it’s shade you’re after, the garden has lots of cool, tree-lined paths that are perfect for gentle strolls.
The mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration. Discover romantic Victorian productive gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Get lost in the exotic outdoor Jungle whilst adventuring along raised boardwalks past giant rhubarb, banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo.
On Sunday 14th August, join wild food forager Emma Gunn for a wild food walk around The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Get back to nature with an experienced forager and explore the wild side of the Heligan Estate. Discover how to identify wild plants for culinary use and learn about their fascinating history.
Discover the magical home and unique garden of the artist Barbara Hepworth. Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. This summer is a great time to visit as they are celebrating their 40th Anniversary, you can see sculptures in bronze, stone and wood on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material. Don’t forget to ask us about the Park and Ride at St Ives – it takes the stress out of finding a parking space and has the added bonus of being the most beautiful train journey.
Situated in the heart of the beautiful Roseland Peninsula Poppy Cottage Garden covers about one acre full of colour for all year – round interest. Planted as a series of rooms, which are small gardens in themselves, it is brimming with bulbs, herbaceous, grasses, shrubs and even exotics, mainly colour themed, and with plenty of places to sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of home made cake. There is also a small orchard with unusual ducks and chickens, and a small nursery area with a wide range of herbaceous plants for sale.
At the end of your day come back to relax, unwind and catch the last of the evening sun in our courtyard garden, perhaps with a glass of wine!