Car Free Day out EA01
Pinetum Park, Gardens and Nursery is a hidden jewel on the eastern edge of St Austell and its spectacular bay. Originally called Pine Lodge gardens the garden was founded by Ray and Shirley
Clemo, the collection of over 6,000 named plants gathered from all over the world is a testament to the love of horticulture by dedicated amateur botanists. Originally grown as a private garden the 30 sheltered acres are now open to the public and provide ideal growing conditions for rare, unusual and tender plants, examples of which are for sale at the Nursery.
The gardens have been carefully planned to provide interest and variety at every turn across the seasons. The garden has been divided into themed areas which are a visual delight;
The Woodland Garden This embraces the approach road to the main garden and is planted with thousands of snowdrops which are followed by bluebells, wood anemones, primulas and crocus all under a canopy of over two thousand native trees, camelias and rhododendrons.
The Top Garden &Woodland Walk
This area is a sensory delight with many scented plants and trees including wisteria which grows on a wooden bridge that takes you over a pond bursting with Koi Carp.
The Cottage Garden
This area is brimming with lots of old fashioned plants including herbaceous, bulbs, shrubs, trees, ferns and climbers. A little pond in the corner is maintained solely for the breeding of newts.
The Sunken Garden
This is a very sheltered spot and has many scented plants which exude their perfumes in warm weather, an ideal spot to sit and relax on a summer’s day.
A selection of trees and rhododendrons carefully planted create a welcome and peaceful area to stroll around.
80 different conifers have been planted in this area covering 4 acres. As the trees mature the area will take on the form of an amphitheatre with the largest trees planted around the perimeter (including the giant Redwood which will ultimately grow to 2-300 ft in height) and the smallest in the middle.
The Lake and Black Swans
A beautiful lake with rare black swans who use the island as a safe haven for nesting along with many species of duck who have adopted this lake as their home.
The Japanese Garden
This garden was created following a visit by Ray and Sirley Clemo to Kyoto Botanical Gardens. All the plants here have been grown from seed kindly supplied by Kyoto Botanical Gardens.
The Slave Garden
This was designed as a formal garden and has been designed with a colour scheme to incorporate all the colours of the rainbow.
The Water Garden
An wetland area planted specifically with wildlife in mind which attracts a host of dragonflies, heron, deer, badgers, foxes, rabbits, newts, frogs and toads.
After walking around the garden you can stop and enjoy a good selection of food served in the cafe and maybe take home a plant or two from the Nursery to add to your garden.
Gardens open all year 10am – 6pm Last tickets 5pm
For more information you can visit their website