Outdoor Space

Glendurgan Garden, Helford

Making the most of the southerly climate, this gem of a garden is formed of three lush valleys which all lead down to the hamlet of Durgan and the Helford River. This little Eden, where native wildflowers mingle effortlessly with more exotic species, is laid-back and lovely and takes a more informal approach to things.

Protected by the steep valleys which keep plants safe from the worst of the winds and frosts, plants and trees flourish here. Spring is spectacular here, from February when the Camellias that line the pathways burst into bloom through to the purple swathes of Bluebells in May, you’ll witness all the beauty that nature has to offer as it wakes up from winter.

It’s not only native plants that live here; the subtropical climate means that some more unusual plants live here too, such as the Tulip tree planted by the Fox family, the founders of Glendurgan, and other smaller if no less majestic specimens such as palms, banana trees and epiphytic plants -which don’t need earth to grow in but thrive of on the moisture from the rain and air around them.

This is a lovely spot to while away an afternoon – make your way down through the gardens and then maybe dip a toe or two in the Helford or just relax on the beach for a while. There’s also a tea shop for a refreshing brew and the usual National Trust shop to pick up a gift or two. Dogs aren’t allowed in the gardens (except assistance dogs) but they are welcome in the surrounding beautiful countryside which is well worth exploring too.

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Glendurgan Garden, Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 5JZ | 01326 252 020 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk/glendurgan-garden 

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