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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Trelissick Gardens. 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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