The best garden centres in Cornwall

Whether you’ve just found your perfect Cornish property, or are working hard to improve the outside space you already own, starting a garden in Cornwall is an exciting prospect. 

The county holds a special place in the plant hunting history books, and is a haven for amateur and professional gardeners alike. You may have heard of the famous sub-tropical microclimate that blesses our Cornish landscapes, but what does this mean for planting and growing in the region? 

We’ve put together a list of local garden suppliers to suit all your horticultural needs. Make sure you also read our blog on Starting a Cornish Garden before you write your green-fingered shopping list! 

Bring a touch of the tropics to Cornwall

Hardy’s Exotics near Penzance has over 1,500 species of sub-tropical plants ideal for exotic gardening. 

Bursting at the seams with rare, unusual, weird and wonderful species, Hardy’s Exotics will help you choose seeds and saplings suitable for your area of the county using a specially developed zoning system. Grow your own little tropical retreat in sunny Cornish climes!

Nourish your own produce plot

Starting to grow your own fruit and vegetables is an exciting project, but can seem a bit overwhelming at first. However, you can confidently plan anything from a herb patch to a potato plot with expertise and advice from Trevena Cross in Helston. 

Growing over 90% of the plants they sell on-site, Trevena are used to getting their hands dirty and ensure a continuous supply of high quality, nurtured stock.

The independent and family-owned Cornwall Garden Shop, with two locations across Cornwall in Chacewater and Goonhavern also take a very personal approach to providing horticultural advice. Receive bespoke guidance to ensure you’re getting all of the materials you need to make the vegetables in your garden thrive!

Cultivate the perfect perennials

If you’re looking to create a garden fit for royalty, the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery. is one of the largest and most well-respected nurseries in the South West. Originally a slate quarry, it now boasts a bumblebee garden and walking trails, and has been selling an amazing array of plants to the public since 1974. 

The Nursery is located at the heart of the Duchy estate and Restormel Castle can be seen from across the valley. It has everything you need to make your colourful Cornish garden bloom. 

Create a haven for wildlife

Carnon Downs Garden Centre, located just on the outskirts of the Carnon Downs village to the south of Truro, is one of Cornwall’s biggest garden centres. If you’re keen to encourage the local wildlife to visit your garden make a bee-line for here! 

There’s also a wild bird department where you will find an array of seed mixes, mealworms, suet, feeders and even nest box cameras.

Whatever kind of Cornish garden you’re keen to cultivate, you’re never far from an abundance of local support and expertise. 

If you’re searching for a property in Cornwall and the garden is a major factor, let us know – we’ll look out for the perfect plot for you!


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