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Gardening is a British passion, and the (comparatively) mild weather in the south west, especially Cornwall, means that there is a plethora of gardens to see. Some of them have their own nurseries so that inspired by what you have seen you can buy plants to try out yourself.

Of course you should choose the season for visiting these gardens carefully - the glorious displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, for example, are for spring and early summer visitors.

Note that gardens specialising in showing you different eco-systems, such as the Eden project, are listed under Botanical Gardens.


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Bideford.
Rosemoor Gardens. RHS Rosemoor Gardens - one of many gardens open to the public in the locality
Chard.
The Wildlife Park at Cricket St Thomas. This Wildlife Park is home to over 600 stunning, rare and endangered creatures from around the world. . Open to the public as a charged day visitor family attraction.
Cheltenham.
Cotswold Wildlife Park. Over 200 species of animals in acres of parkland and gardens surrounding a Victorian Manor House.
Falmouth.
Trebah Garden. A spectacular sub tropical 26 acre ravine garden sweeping down to a secluded beach on the Helford river
Frome.
Stourhead. Superb gardens and house
Gloucester.
Painswick Roccoco Gardens. Famous cotswold garden
Ilfracombe.
Marwood Hill Gardens. 2 star garden, its 20 acres are of special interest to the connoisseur. National collections of astilbes, clematis and iris. Fine lake views and tree collections.
Ilminster.
Hestercombe House. Attractive gardens, with the delightful Quantock Hills and Exmoor close by.
Malmesbury.
Abbey House Gardens. 5 acres of splendid gardens and wonderful display of spring bulbs plus superb collection of roses and herbaceous borders, a monastic herb garden, fernery, rockery and waterfall. Open 21 March - 21 October 11.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. daily.
Perranporth.
THE LOST GARDEN OF HELIGAN. 'THE BEST OUTDOOR ATTRACTIONS'5 STAR AWARD WINNER- THE WHICH ? GUIDE TO TOURIST ATTRACTIONS 2000 'GARDEN OF THE YEAR'- THE GOOD GUIDE TO BRITAIN 1999 'MAGICAL'- THE GARDENERS GUIDE TO BRITAIN
Salisbury.
Larmer Tree Gardens. It is one of the most unusual gardens in England containing an extraordinary collection of Colonial and Oriental buildings, a Roman Temple and Open Air Theatre
Taunton.
Hestercombe Gardens. Encompassing over 3 centuries of garden history in 50 acres of formal gardens and parkland.
Hestercombe Gardens. Lose yourself in fourty acres of walks,streams and temples, vivid colours, formal terraces, woodlands, lakes, cascades and views to take your breath away.
Tetbury.
Cotswold Wildlife Park. Home to a collection of rare wild animals
Torquay.
Cockington Country Park. Set in 300 hundred year old ornamental gardens and lakes, Cockington has a beautiful thatched village, a 1000 year old church, manor house, a fine Lutyens designed pub/restaurant.
Truro.
Trelissick Gardens. National Trust Trelissick Gardens lie in a glorious position at the head of the Carrick Roads, on the Fal Estuary. There are 376 acres of tranquil woodland and parkland sweeping down to the river's edge. The rhododendron and magnolias are particularly good and worth the visit. Nursery shop.

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