History and Culture in Cornwall
No holiday to Cornwall is complete without visiting some of the many stunning houses and gardens that this part of southern England has to offer.
The great country houses and the families who built them were founded on the mining and shipping industries of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. The Fox family, who built Trebah and Glendurgan gardens, made their fortunes as shipping agents and paid sea captains to bring back seeds and plants for their collection. They bought the land from the top of 2 valleys that run down to the Helford River close to Falmouth.
But gardens aren’t always old as the new generation of plantsmen and gardeners build new gardens that focus on sustainability and organic growing techniques. The Pottager garden near Constantine is only 10 years old in its current form, but offers a wide variety of plants and shrubs alongside a selection of work shops offering a wide range of local crafts and is highly recommended for a visit.
The iconic Eden Project opened 10 years ago is world famous for its huge domes ,built in a disused open cast mine, that hold an individual biomes that replicates a type of climate and the vegetation that is typical to each one. Much conservation work is undertaken, as well as many social project and now the annual Eden Sessions where world famous musical artists perform.