Cornwall is famous for its stunning seascapes, beautiful beaches and glorious gardens. In a few very special places all three are combined. Several of these exceptional coastal gardens will open to the public on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme to raise money for nursing and caring sector charities this summer.
On the Penwith Peninsula in the far west of the county, is Chygurno, a three-acre cliffside garden overlooking the spectacular Lamorna Cove. The garden showcases southern hemisphere shrubs and exotics, hydrangea, camellia and rhododendron, as well as a woodland area where tree ferns are set against large granite outcrops. It’s open for the NGS on Sunday, July 24 from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is £5, children free.
Arundell is another small but splendid seaside garden. Tucked between two beaches near Crantock, this windswept one-acre plot surrounds an old farmhouse and features a traditional cottage garden, a Mediterranean courtyard, rockery, shrubbery, jungle garden and a Beth Chatto dry garden. Arundell will open between 1pm and 5pm on Sunday, June 19th and Sunday, July 17th. Admission is £5, children free.
Smaller still, but just as beautiful, is the garden of Poldarian, on the Roseland Peninsula. Just three quarters of an acre of trees, shrubs and colourful perennials, with magnificent views of St Mawes harbour and the sea beyond. Open the weekend of July 9th and 10th between 10.30 am and 4.30pm, admission is £5, children free.
Readymoney Gardens in Fowey, is a young garden – a work in progress. Looking out over Readymoney Beach to Fowey, it’s planted with grasses, shrubs and perennials, all at their best in the summer. The garden opens for the NGS on four Fridays – June 24th, July 29th, August 26 and September 30th – between 10.30am and 5pm. Admission is £4, children free.
Visits to The Old Rectory, Boscastle, can be made by arrangement throughout the summer months for single visitors or groups. This exposed garden sitting 500ft above sea level has panoramic views of Cornwall’s dramatic north coast. It features sunken, walled and woodland areas with perennial borders.
Visitors to NGS gardens will have the satisfaction of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting valuable causes, as roughly 80p in every £1 collected at the garden gate goes straight to NGS beneficiary charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Carers’ Trust.
Full details of all Cornwall’s NGS gardens, including opening times and admission costs, can be seen on the NGS website www.ngs.org.uk.