Coombegate Cottage

With the worst of winter behind us and the county’s best gardens bursting with spring colour and fragrance, March is the perfect time to visit a garden to raise money for National Garden Scheme charities.

Opening for the NGS for the first time this year are Trereife Park in Penzance and Meudon Hotel in Falmouth.

Trereife Park has a mature garden undergoing restoration. It features camellia, rhododendron, a south facing walled terrace with magnolia and wisteria, an azalea walk under beech trees, sculptural yew hedging and a Medlar collection. The garden is open on Sunday, March 20th, between 1pm and 5pm. Admission is £6 (children free). Refreshments will be available.

Meudon Hotel, Falmouth, has featured in the Telegraph newspaper as one of the top ten English country hotel gardens. Its nine acres are planted with rare and exotic, sub-tropical, trees and shrubs from around the world – from Brazilian Gunnera to Japanese banana trees. Winding paths meandering to the private beach at Bream Cove complement more formal gardens, herbaceous borders and a sunken pond area. The garden will be open for NGS on Easter Monday, March 28, from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is £6 (children free). Home-made cakes, cream teas, bar drinks and snacks will be available.

Coombegate Cottage, St Ive, Liskeard is an NGS regular. The one acre, valley-side garden is fragrant and colourful, full of seasonal favourites. It’s open from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday, March 6th and 13th. Admission is £3.50 (children free). Home-made teas are available in the nearby village hall.

Ince Castle, Saltash, another regular NGS supporter, has a romantic garden at the end of winding lanes, surrounding a 17th century pink castle. It features spring bulbs, traditional apple trees, a woodland garden and an extraordinary shell house on the edge of a formal garden. Ince Castle will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, March 13th and Easter Sunday, March 27th. Admission is £4 (children free). Home made teas will be available.