With its mild coastal climate cornwall is home to some of the nations most spectacular gardens best known are the great gardens of cornwall dating back to the 19th century and built on the fruits of victorian plant hunting expeditions. Douglas ellory pett obtained his first experience of large scale gardening as vicar of gulval penzance from 1961 to 1966 later in the 1980s he pursued geological and other field studies in cornwall and was invited to organize the first professional and voluntary surveys of historic gardens for the newly formed cornwall gardens trust. Enjoying the warmth of the gulf stream the magical gardens in cornwall are home to a wealth of exciting rare and beautiful plants and trees from wild woodland to neatly manicured lawns from the small and unusual to large and famous browse through listings representing the best cornwall has to offer. Serves as a visitors guide to over 130 gardens in cornwall and the isles of scilly open to the public this book is illustrated with colour photographs it includes a general introduction to the geology climate and garden history of cornwall a list of nurseries and garden centres in the county and a calendar of garden opening times. Copiously illustrated in colour this useful guide describes over 120 gardens open to the public in cornwall and the isles of scilly including a summary of historic gardens open occasionally accompanying each entry is a table giving opening times and other practical details plus a description of its size conditions and climate
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