This Arboretum was planted in 1982 after first removing the remains of a fir plantation and then growing a season of potatoes to clean the soil. The trees and a few rhododendrons around the perimeter are now beginning to mature. This is a very restful place and visitors love to walk through and sit on the conveniently situated seats to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area.
- Among the firs there is a beautifully shaped Abies Koreana with its striking blue cones.
- Bark spotting – the Prunus Serrula with its wonderful red bark set against the cream bark of Betula Costata and the white bark of Betula Jacquemontii.
- Autumn scent – A ring of several Clerodendrum Trichotomum with their powerful scent fill the air in Autumn, and the glorious colour of the acers and parrotia go out in a blaze at the end of the season.
"We stayed here in early November and were greeted with warmth. The cottage was warm and well equipped and the bed very comfortable. The weather was exceptionally bad with storms so the cafe wasn't open but there is a Tesco and Lidl just up the road and we had fish and chips one evening (also up the road). The gardens are beautiful and free to roam if you stay in the cottages. Dogs are welcome on a lead. We visited Mevagissey, Charlestown, Carlyon Bay, Fowey, Port Mellon, Pentewan. We will definitely return!"
"Just on our second night in one of the garden cottages which we used for a base to visit the nearby Eden project with our two teenage sons. When we arrived the staff showed us to our dedicated parking space and we were in time to have a coffee and snack in the garden cafe which is really nice. The weather has been pretty awful but the gardens are very beautiful with some very ornate features and at dusk there the deer can be seen close by coming for a forage."
"Having read other reviews we were surprised at the variety of plants and garden areas in what s a relatively small area. The various garden areas were packed full of interesting plants and we particularly enjoyed the Winter Garden. Although it was not very busy, we felt at times that we had it all to ourselves. The lake was a tranquil spot with plenty of wildlife. While September was probably not the height of the flowering season there were plenty of plants that were spectacular. The cafe was welcoming and the staff very friendly."
"Visited in February to take advantage of free entry for Heligan Pass holders. Went with friends and 2 dogs. Very warm welcome in the cafe where we had a good lunch and the dogs were given biscuits. Then strolled round gardens which had lots of interesting variety, including lake full of Canada geese. Returned to cafe for coffee and selection of cakes. Intend returning to buy a locals" pass. A calm haven"
"A truly memorable visit on a very cold February day. This beautiful garden, just outside St Austell, is open every day and provides an opportunity to enjoy some outstanding planting. The Winter garden was such a joy with its many colours and winter flowering plants, many with delightful fragrance. We would highly recommend a visit."