Gardens are vital wildlife havens and bring people closer to nature. Our Open Gardens programme exceeded its previous record-breaking target and raised £21,025.55 in 2018 to help protect Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places. 2019 is set to be full of gardens in bloom around Cornwall, and we hope to see you there!

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Open Gardens is kindly supported by Roddas & Cornish Coffee
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All the gardens opening for the Trust, be they large or small, are loved by their owners who want to share their enthusiasm and passion for gardening with others. We look forward to meeting you at one of these fabulous gardens during our 8th year of running this very popular fundraising scheme.
Entrance to all gardens is £5 unless otherwise stated below.
Dogs are welcome to many of the gardens (please check details below) but please take dog poo home with you!
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Inspired to open your own garden or become a volunteer at one of our events?

Please contact us on (01872) 302284 or by email, we would love to hear from you.
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Cornwall is a county made for springtime. While other parts of the country are still feeling the shivers of winter, Cornwall is at its colourful best, with daffodils, primroses, and bluebells in full bloom, under splendid camellias and magnolias.
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Open Garden Diary for 2019



Coldrenick Sunday April 14th

Steeped in history, Coldrenick is now an organic dairy farm and wildlife garden. Today the garden mixes lawns, beds, shrubs with some ornamental trees. Magnolias, camelias, bamboos all do well, and a wooded area is filled with bluebells in spring. Walk around an enjoy some exploration followed by a cream tea. Dogs welcome on a lead. Good disabled access around the entire garden.

Coldrenick, Menheniot, Liskeard, PL14 3RQ

Pedn Billy Sunday April 28th

This stunning garden boasts wildflower areas, beautiful specimen trees, and terraced borders. Pedn Billy is ablaze with azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias and flowering bulbs. Half of the 12 acres is ancient woodlands with paths that wind down to Port Navas Creek and Helford River to its own private beach. Refreshments and toilet facilities are available and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome. In the past this has been one of the Trust’s most popular gardens, a visit to its splendid location explains why. Please note some parts of this garden may be unsuitable for people with mobility difficulties.

Address: Pedn Billy, Bar Road, Helford Passage, Cornwall, TR11 5LF
 

 

2 Trenance Cottages Sunday May 12th

This lovely family garden has grown and developed over the 35 years the owners have lived here; from a small cottage plot to a landscaped garden of lawns and shrubberies adjoiing 8 acres of paddock and woodland. Part of the garden includes an extensive fruit and vegetable area which has a thriving 20 year old orchard of traditional Cornish apple varities as well as Kea plum trees. The garden continues to evolve year on year with new projects and opportunities. Visitors are welcome to explore and enjoy all of the land, All of the main garden is level access, although all paths are grass. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

 

Burncoose Sunday May 19th

Burncoose House is a 30 acre magnificent woodland garden with many rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas, and camellias. The garden is tucked away behind the famous Burncoose Nurseries - a winner of over 20 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been given special access to the whole of this hidden treasure. Most of the gardens are open daily for free but on this special occasion, visitors will have access to the whole 30 acres including the recently refurbished grand Burncoose House and its immediate garden. It is thanks to the Williams family who have lived at Burncoose since 1715 that we will have this amazing opportunity to visit the oldest part of the Caer-hays Estate. 

Address: Burncoose House, Gwennap, Redruth, TR16 6BJ
Directions: On the A393 between Lanner and Ponsanooth

 

Little Park Farm Sunday June 2nd

South facing hillside garden with stunning views over the Malpas Passage and down the river to Kea and beyond. The house faithfully replicates a traditional 18th-century Cornish farmhouse and perfectly complements its setting. Semi-formal gardens sweep around the front and south side where a large conservatory opens onto a spacious stone flagged terrace from where the views can be enjoyed. On the south side below the house is a large natural pond well stocked with fish and native planting. Paths lead from the garden into grassland and wildflower meadows with further views, and mown paths lead the visitor into a shrubbery and on to woodland walks. There is a fragment of 18th-century parkland with a woodland belt and some fine specimen trees.

Address: Little Park Farm, St. Clements, Malpas, Truro TR1 1SX
 
 

Boswiddle Sunday June 9th

A plantsman’s garden in the ‘cottage style’ with several garden ‘rooms’ containing an interesting and varied selection of trees, shrubs and perennials. There is a sunny terrace to the front of the cottage from where the less ambulant can view the garden. There is also a circular walk from the garden taking in meadows, woodland and streamside.
Address: Boswiddle farm, Ladock, TR2 4NU

Lethytep Sunday June 23rd

Lethytep is a stunning 52 acre wildlife haven located in a sheltered valley, designed to attract widllife with wildflower meadows going down to three large ponds full of aquatic plants, birds and insects. A meandering path leads alon a grass meadow, down through the woods then out onto a wetland area full of wildflowers, orchids, dragonflies and butterflies. Refreshments available.

Address: Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath, PL13 2PG

Arundell Sunday July 14th


A garden where no garden should be! On National Trust headland between 2 beaches. 1 acre set around original farm cottage featuring small mediterranean courtyard, rockery, shrubbery, cottage garden, pond and stream, small pinetum area and spectacular exotic garden. Featured in Cornwall Life, Cornwall Today, and Coast magazine. Awarded Best Garden in Newquay in Bloom. Disabled access, some shallow steps in centre of garden. Dogs welcome on lead. Refreshments available.

 

Millpool Sunday July 28th

Delightful shady woodland garden in a deep valley. The stream features a series of cascades and pools. The owners have planted the banks with azaleas and hydrangeas. There is a terraced semi-formal garden to the front of the house overlooking the stream and wooded walks down the streamside. The garden is rich in wildlife and otters are known to use the garden. Disabled access is limited to the house and surrounding area. Dogs on leads welcome. Refreshments available.

Address: Millpool Grange, Millpool, Cardinham, Bodmin, PL30 4HZ

Trenarth Sunday August 4th

A 4 acre garden set around a 17th century farmhouse in a lovely pastoral stting with wonderful panoramic views with not a road in sight or sound. There is much to enjoy and see; a 16th century courtyard, listed garden walls. gravel and palm area, unusual plants, yew rooms, vegetable garden, orchard and woodland area. Not suitable for wheelchair users. Dogs on leads welcome. Refreshments available.

Address: Trenarth, High Cross, COnstantine, Cornwall TR11 5JN

 

South Bosent Sunday September 1st

A garden that welcomes wildlife! South Bosent is a garden-in-progress, constantly adapting to encourage wildlife and enhance habitats. This garden is diverse and features a woodland area and stream, fruit trees, perenial and annual, the makings of a wild flower meadow, herbaceous borders and a number of magnolias, camellias and spring bulbs. Disabled access limited. Dogs on leads welcome. Refreshments available.
Address: South Bosent, Dobwalls, Nr.Liskeard, PL14 4LX

*All refreshments at our Open Gardens are served using compostable cups and plates