Gardens diary: what's on in February
Cornwall's gardens are bursting into life with the first of the spring flowers and shrubs coming into flower. Look out for swathes of golden daffodils, glossey leaved camilias, the first of the rhododendrons and azeleas and the glory that is a magnolia coming into flower.
Here's a round-up of some of Cornwall's beautiful gardens this February and the events going.
Wow! What a Whopper Trail! Discover whopping tales of Cornish giants through the garden. £2 per trail including a prize. On all month.
This February half term Heligan invite you to meet the owls and to learn all about their feathered friends.
Come and enjoy the fun family outdoor bird trail, explore the gardens, find all the bird sound boxes and test your knowledge to see if you can identify Heligan birds from their calls.
Meet the Owls daily in The Barn from 11am till 4pm. Watch all the wild birds daily in The Hide from 10am till 4pm. Join in with the Great Heligan Bird Watch and see how many different types of birds you can see.
Bird Crafts Workshops, daily in The Steward’s House 10am – 4pm
. Have fun making a tasty hanging bird treat to attract feathered friends into your backyard.
. Be inspired by the Owls in The Barn and make your very own unique owl mask.
. Create a beautiful origami bird to decorate your home.
Make sure you come prepared - wear your wellies and waterproofs, as it will most probably be muddy in places!
Want to know your Whitebeam from your Hornbeam, on 10th February join their rangers at 10am for a lesson in Tree identificaiton. This is a free event and no booking necessary but normal admission charges will apply.
Dramatic landscape and planting provide the backdrop to contemplative but inspirational artworks. Internationally and nationally renowned artists have interacted with the landscape to create site specific permanent works of art which harmonise with the micro-climate of kindly winter temperatures and shelter which allows all manner of exotic and half hardy plants to flourish. The cafe's good as well!
On its own peninsula with ever-changing views of the estuary of the River Fal, Trelissick has one of the most amazing natural settings in the country. There are more than 12 hectares (30 acres) of elevated garden to explore, with twisting paths that lead you through significant collections of hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, ginger lilies and year-round exciting woodland plants.
Explore the Gardens this February and search for the beautiful snowdrop, the perfect way to get out and explore these beautiful gardens.
Enjoy the tranquility of the Olive Grove and School Room in the Silent Space garden. Explore the opportunities to reflect without interruptions of daily life! Silent Space is an initiative building on the success of a pilot study last year. The aim is to create spaces where people can relax, switch off from the hectic world we live in, not be disturbed by the human voice and engage with nature.
Pinetum gardens are open all year and has Cornwall’s biggest dedicated winter garden. The three acres have been designed like a rose, with the paths spiralling away from the centre boss so there are plenty of curves with no straight lines. All the plants have either winter flowers, beautiful bark, colourful foliage or heavily scented leaves. There are many heathers, hundreds of bulbs and some very unusual evergreen trees.