7 gardens with art to visit in 2014

Eve from the Eden Project

When two of Cornwall’s great loves come together the colourful result can’t fail to inspire. Whether the masterpiece is the art or the garden, in Cornwall they go hand-in-hand…

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden - near Penzance
After ten years in the making, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden opened its gates in the late summer of 2012 offering a new contemporary dimension to Cornwall’s garden scene. Drawing on the artistic flair synonymous with west Cornwall, Tremenheere, positioned just outside Penance with sweeping views over St Michael’s Mount, features sculptures by internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell and David Nash. There’s also the delicious Lime Tree Café which is being saluted by foodie types and for its fresh, local menu and ingenious event nights. 

Adults - £6.50 
11-15 years - £3.00
Under 11’s – Free

Barbara Hepworth Museum - St Ives
Whether you’re a garden lover, art aficionado or simply a St Ives devotee you can’t fail to fall for the magic of the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Perched on a hill just minutes from its Tate St Ives counterpart, it is laid out largely as it was by Barbara Hepworth herself offering a unique experience and remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain's most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the Museum and Garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

£6.00 per person

Trelissick Garden - Truro
This National Trust garden perched at the head of the Fal Estuary boasts jaw-dropping views and a huge array of plant species. Having been inspired by its varied woodland planting, mixed borders with bright summer and autumn flowers, and exotic perennials, visitors can dip into Trelissick Gallery, a unique partnership between the National Trust and Cornwall Crafts Association. Contemporary paintings, prints and sculptures are showcased alongside crafts such as jewellery, ceramics, textiles, furniture, metal and glass works from leading makers. There are also mixed and solo exhibitions from established and newly emerging artists as well as an active programme of practical and demonstration workshops.

Adult - £9.50
Child - £4.75
Family - £23.75

Lost Gardens of Heligan - St Austell
In this famous 200 acre garden lies the Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady – unique mud sculptures waiting  to be discovered along the Woodland Walk. This sheltered path comes to life for children and adults alike as the woodland sculptures reveal themselves, emerging gently from the undergrowth, in a beautiful natural landscape.

Adults - £11.00
Seniors - £10.00
Children 5 – 16 £6.00
Under 5 - Free

Port Eliot House and Gardens - Saltash
Those with a penchant for all things arty will love Port Eliot House and Gardens nestled in south east Cornwall. Grade I listed and bursting with style, flair and creativity, the house is adorned with murals, masterpieces and installations by the likes of Sir John Soane and Robert Lenckiewicz, while the garden inspires with its rolling views and ornamental features. 2014 will also see a welcome return to the Port Eliot Festival which attracts an eclectic mix of celebrities, bookworms, art lovers and foodies, for what is pretty much a giant garden party.

Adult - £8.00
Children - £4.00

Eden Project - St Austell
Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World by some, the Eden Project is a dramatic global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in a crater the size of 30 football pitches. The arts here, in their broadest sense, are fundamental to Eden with artistic pieces nestling amongst the greenery including the African totems, Francisco Montes Shuna paintings, The Rites of Dionysus and the Seed. Don’t forget to check out the ‘Trail of Eden through the artists’ eye’ on your visit. 

Adults £23.50
Children £13.50
Under 4 – Free

Tresco Abbey Garden - Tresco, Isle of Scilly 
Visit the sub-tropical Abbey Garden in Tresco, Isles of Scilly for an extraordinary array of exotic plants from over 80 different countries. The treasures to be found within the Abbey Garden are not limited to the floral kind. The garden is also home to the Valhalla Museum, hosting a collection of 30 shipwrecked figureheads as well as name boards and other decorative ships' carvings from the days of sail. Children can enjoy the special Valhalla Challenge for under 11s which involves surviving a ship wreck, finding life-saving plants in the garden and discovering the name of their rescue ship in the museum.

£12 - per person

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