Feock, near Truro TR3 6QL
Set in more than 400 acres of sweeping parkland with beautiful views of the Fal River and Estuary, these National Trust gardens are well worth a visit. In the early summer a riot of rhododendrons, camellias and hydrangeas provide vibrant colour, and tree ferns and sub-tropical plants bring an exotic feel to the surroundings. Dogs are allowed on the woodland walks and down to the small beach, but not within the landscaped gardens and house. There is also a restaurant, gallery and shop.
Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth TR11 5JZ
Almost 200 years old, Glendurgan Gardens are nestled in a 30 acre woodland valley. This sheltered position creates a very mild climate, the perfect conditions for many exotic and rare trees and shrubs. In spring there are beautiful displays of camellias, azaleas and magnolias followed by foxgloves and hydrangeas in the summer.
Enjoying beautiful views of the Helford Estuary, the gardens also have a mature cherry laurel maze with a thatched summerhouse in the centre and the ‘Giant’s stride’ swing, both popular with families.