In Association with BOXWOOD TOURS
29th September – 2nd October 2020

Exotic Gardens of the Cornish Riviera: a Garden Tour hosted by Kirsty Fergusson

We were delighted to be travelling with Kirsty again and Boxwood tours are remaining optimistic. Kirsty took us to Normandy in 2018, where we discovered that she is also a Cornwall expert and wrote Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for Bradt Slow Travel Guides.  

The Cornish peninsula is famous for sheltered woodland gardens harbouring important collections of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, palms, tree ferns plus many other exotic plant groups that continue the flowering season through the year. Most of the gardens are found to the south of the peninsula where valley gardens lead down to secluded creeks warmed by the Gulf Stream. The wonder and magnificence of Cornish gardens is made possible by this unique microclimate as well as by the prosperity of estates established in the 17th century funded by local tin-mining and porcelain production. This all coincided with the arrival into Britain of large quantities of exciting new plant specimens collected by botanists travelling to the far-flung regions of the world. To immerse yourself in the splendour of these outstanding woodland gardens, stout footwear and the capability to walk around expansive gardens are required. We stay at the award-winning St Michaels Resort Hotel, Falmouth. 

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