2019 marks 8 years since the start of the Cornwall Hospice Care Open Gardens scheme. Throughout this time a stunning range of picturesque Cornish gardens have opened to the public in aid of this popular Cornish healthcare charity. Year on year generous owners have agreed to invite people in to enjoy the fruits of their labours, helping to raise money to fund the care provided to terminally ill patients and their families and carers. The scheme has so far raised over £85,000.

The charity’s 2019 ‘Open Gardens’ brochure will once again be launched at the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show, this year being held at its new location the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April.

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Just some of the delights on offer this year include riverside settings, woodland gardens, sculptures, orchards and a variety of interesting and unusual shrubbery, plants and trees. Most of the owners are also offering visitors the chance to enjoy relaxing refreshments.

The charity’s volunteer fundraising groups also have a range of open gardens planned throughout the season including the popular Tregrehan Garden in Par, Polgwynne in Feock, which is home to the unusual Ginkgo Biloba plant and Lamorran in St Mawes with spectacular sea views over Falmouth bay.

Trenarth garden at Constantine is open once again for the charity ‘by appointment’, giving visitors an opportunity to plan their visit to suit the weather. This quirky 4-acre garden set around a 17th Century farmhouse with fields and woods running down to the Helford River is a varied garden with all year round interest and one not to be missed.

The Open Gardens scheme has raised over £85,000 for the charity

Hayley Cayton, Community Fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care, says; “Since its inception the Open Gardens Scheme has raised over £85,000 for the charity, and we are very grateful to all the garden owners, past and present, who are helping to bring in these much-needed funds. It costs over £5 million to provide the specialist care we give to families coping with terminal illness, so we hope people will be inspired to visit as many gardens as possible. We have a fantastic collection of gardens on offer including well-established ones like the Woodland Sculpture Garden near Helston, riverside spectaculars like The Lodge in Bodmin, gardens specialising in attracting wildlife like Tanglewood Wild Garden near Penzance and stunning English landscapes like Trebartha near Launceston”

Details of these gardens, plus the other gardens in the scheme, are in the Open Gardens guide, which will be available to download from the events page of the Cornwall Hospice Care website soon. It’s also available from all Cornwall Hospice Care shops, most garden centres and tourist information centres.

Anyone interested in opening their garden for Cornwall Hospice care should contact the Cornwall Hospice Care fundraising team on 01726 66868 or email fundraising@cornwallhospice.co.uk

Find out more about the gardens you can visit in support of Cornwall Hospice Care