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Abbey Garden Tresco

Abbey Garden Tresco

A visit to Scilly isn’t complete without a look at the world famous Tresco Abbey Garden on the island of Tresco. The gardens present one of the finest international collections of sub-tropical plants in the UK and are often referred to as ‘Kew with the roof off’ They are also home to ‘Valhalla’– a shipwreck figurehead museum where visitors can see carved figureheads, cannons and lighthouse relics from across the islands. A tour with curator Mike Nelhams can be tailored to your itinerary and is a great way to make the most of a short time on the islands.

 

Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens

Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens

The subtropical Gardens are now considered one of the best in the country. Established in 1765 these 20 acres are perfectly suited to "wet Mediterranean" plants and are famous for their Camellia, magnolia, rhododendron and hydrangea collections. A mixture of formal and informal, with charming walled garden walks and spectacular woodland valley views.

 

Agatha Christie/Greenway Garden

Agatha Christie/Greenway Garden

Glorious woodland garden on the banks of the river Dart, renowned for rare half-hardy plants and carpets of native wild flowers; a real-life "secret garden" and home of Agatha Christie.

 

Antony House

Antony House

A very special part of Antony's appeal is the modern sculpture scattered round the garden. From the 'Hypercone', by Simon Thomas and the 'Magnolia Gate', by James Horrobin, to the 'Water Cone', by William Pye, and the 'Dono', by Steven Cox, they really shouldn't be missed.

 

Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre

Built in a stream-fed valley on a beautiful stretch of the NT-protected South Devon coastline year-round interest with a wide variety of rare and exotic plants, water features and a gazebo with fine views.

 

Eden Project

Eden Project

The Eden Project communicates its story in a ‘Living Theatre of Plants and People’ based in a large crater in which nestle two vast greenhouses (Biomes). Eden uses exhibitions, art, storytelling, workshops, and events to put messages across to both the public and formal education groups.

 

Fox Rosehill Gardens

Fox Rosehill Gardens

These beautiful gardens set in Falmouth town make them easily accessible for all to enjoy.

 

Glendurgan Garden

Glendurgan Garden

Glendurgan has been described as a “little bit of heaven on earth”, and this truly is what it is. A valley garden made of three valleys that come together, and run down to the tiny hamlet of Durgan

 

Godolphin House & Gardens

Godolphin House & Gardens

Godolphin was considered in the 17th century to be the most fashionable house in Cornwall. Centuries of benign neglect have given the house and garden an extraordinary haunting air of antiquity and peace. Miraculously the garden has barely changed since the 14th and 16th centuries, with the latest fashions passing it by.

 

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Cruise guests are invited to experience The Nation’s Favourite Garden in all its abundance: extensive productive gardens and pleasure grounds, a lush 22-acre subtropical Jungle, sustainably-managed farmland, wetlands and ancient woodlands, and a pioneering wildlife conservation project

 

Marwood Hill Gardens

Marwood Hill Gardens

Marwood Hill Gardens cover 20 acres with many plant collections and year round interest. Created by Dr Jimmy Smart MBE VMH when he moved there in 1949, they are delightful. In the Upper Garden Camellias and rhododendrons are planted on the walk along the north side of the walled garden, including 3 borders of herbaceous peonies. In the Lower Garden the path to the garden with its small lakes, stocked with Koi Carp, passes plantings of bamboo. The Bog garden houses a superb National collection of Astilbes. Homemade cakes and refreshments are available in the renowned cafe.

 

Minterne House

Minterne House

Minterne has been the home of the Churchill and the Digby families for nearly 350 years. The valley was landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown in the 18th century with a series of small lakes and cascades described in 'The 1,000 Best Houses,' as "a comer of paradise."

 

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park

Former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park is many things to many people. The House operates as a museum, and conference facility and a wedding venue, whilst the formal gardens are a horticulturist’s paradise. The 865 acres of landscape is a ramblers dream and the coastline attracts an abundance of wildlife.

 

RHS Rosemoor

RHS Rosemoor

Rosemoor is a beautiful 65-acre garden, meticulously crafted and planted, retaining the essence of rural North Devon within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides. Whatever the season, the exciting colours, scents and textures mean that all your senses will be stimulated. There are both formal and informal gardens - as well as woodland walks, water features and open spaces. Many events are held throughout the year, and the restaurant and garden gift shop are not to be missed.

 

Sherborne Castle & Lakeside Gardens

Sherborne Castle & Lakeside Gardens

Sherborne Castle stands a short distance from the town centre and has ample free parking for cars or coaches. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 it has been the home of the Digby family since 1617, Prince William of Orange was entertained here in 1688 and George III visited in 1789. ‘Capability’ Brown developed the grounds to give Sherborne the very latest in landscape gardening and created the 50-acre lake in 1753.