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 & Berrymans
 

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!
 

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.
 

Open Garden Diary for 2019



Coldrenick
Sunday 14th April

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, camellias, 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.

Address: Coldrenick, Menheniot, Liskeard, PL14 3RQ

Pedn Billy
Sunday 28th April

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 12th May

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 adjoining 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 House & Garden
Sunday 19th May

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 2nd June 

A 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 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 9th June

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 23rd June

Lethytep is a stunn52-acre wildlife haven located in a sheltered valley, designed to attract wildlife 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 are available.

Address: Lethytep, Penadlake, Lanreath, PL13 2PG

Cornish Cutting Garden
Sunday 7th July

The Cornish Cutting Garden takes a fresh approach to the classic cutting garden. A social enterprise that supports biodiversity, eco-therapy, and education, the garden is a chemical-free, organic site. Breaking the mold of traditional cut flowers, this garden features shrubs, climbers and garden flowers alongside impressive flora.

Address: Vellanusun, Lower Releath, TR13 0HB

Arundell
Sunday 14th July

A garden set between two beautiful beaches, Arundell is a garden in the most unexpected of places! This acre of land surrounds an original farm cottage and includes a front and Mediterranean garden with views of the sea beyond. Behind the house, there is a rockery and shrubbery, as well as pond, stream, herbaceous borders, stumpery, ferney, dry garden, and small pinetum area. Featured in Cornwall Life, Cornwall Today, and Coast magazine. Awarded Best Garden in Newquay in Bloom. Disabled access, some shallow steps in centre of the garden. Dogs welcome on a lead. Refreshments are available.

Address: Arundell, West Pentire, Crantock, TR8 5SE

Millpool 
Sunday 28th July

Millpool is a delightful shady woodland garden in a deep valley. A stream runs through the garden, frequented by otters, and cascades and pools around the garden. Blooms of azaleas and hydrangeas feature throughout and Millpool seamlessly combines its terraced garden with the overlooking woodland.

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

Trenarth
Sunday 4th August

A 4-acre garden set around a 17th-century farmhouse in a lovely pastoral setting 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 are available.

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

South Bosent
Sunday 1st September

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, perennial and annual, the makings of a wildflower meadow, herbaceous borders and a number of magnolias, camellias and spring bulbs. Disabled access is limited. Dogs on leads welcome. Refreshments are available.

Address: South Bosent, Dobwalls, Nr.Liskeard, PL14 4LX

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