Exploring Cornwall’s great gardens
From the beginnings of the Enys Estate, held within the same family since 1272, to the exotic plant collections thriving at Trelissick. From the considered cultivation of Trebah in the 1830s, to the Magnolia collection at Caerhays (now designated of Outstanding Importance by Kew Gardens.) From the mysteries of Heligan… right up to the raising of an £80million eco climate from a china clay pit in the village of Bodelva (more commonly known as ‘The Eden Project’) – Cornwall has a long history of cultivation, horticulture and inspiration taken from its extraordinarily unique landscape and climate.
Credit – Matt Jessop
Cornwall holds a well earned place in the plant hunting history books, and continues to offer both the famous gardens which are centuries old, and newer, braver cultivation efforts such as saffron farms and gardens such as The Potager, which grow, educate and feed locals and visitors alike.
The pandemic of 2020-2022 made us all slow and take more note of the natural world around us. Natures’ ability to bring us back into our own selves, and back into the awareness of being, can transcend language and culture. The Great Gardens of Cornwall offer a fantastic backdrop to learn English, to walk, and talk, to share and marvel together as we stretch our legs though acres of kitchen, exotic and coastal guided tours. Take a double dig into not only the rich and extraordinary world of the soil, microclimates and plant collections of Cornwall, but also the history of these gardens, and how they represent the changing social history of Great Britain. There are no gardens where the stories or the stories of their creators are not as beautiful and emotive as the plants themselves.
Local knowledge and a love of our land means that Language Tree lives up to its name when it comes to eco tourism and a celebration of the ecology of our local area. As passionate, protective members of our community, our roots are in welcoming you to share the treasures of our part of the UK -the gardens, the coastal walking opportunities, and the wildlife and history that comes with that.
The summer months can be busier, and the gardens become jungle like, baking in the subtropical climate that is created in the valleys that lead down to the sea. The hills on the coast path are sweaty, but the salt water dips become wonderous.
The autumn is rich with colour as the trees along the creeks turn from green to brown and the curlews call across the mudflats.
Winter may have mud, and wind – but the stark beauty of the coast path and the warmth of an open pub fire with soon have you feeling ‘Wintered’.
Spring – well, you will just have to come and see that wonder for yourself. Enys Garden bluebells are world famous for a reason……and no words do it justice.
Whether you choose a Great Garden, or the Coast Path, you will be with good company, learning English, and enjoying the passionate guides we will have taking every step beside you.
Credit – Matt Jessop