The Great Gardens of Cornwall: The People and their Plants

Tim Hubbard, with a Foreword by Alan Titchmarsh

The Great Gardens of Cornwall represents the very best of the huge number of estates and gardens open to the public in Cornwall. Their diversity is astonishing: from the castle setting of Caerhays, with its long traditions of magnolia and camellia propagation dating back to the days of the Victorian plant hunters, to the cutting-edge modernism of contemporary garden sculpture at Tremenheere. Also in the group are the extraordinary Abbey Garden on Tresco, in the Isles of Scilly; the Mediterranean jewel of Lamorran House Gardens, and the historic Tregothnan, as well as family favourites including The Eden Project, Trebah, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, and the gardens of the National Trust.

The Great Gardens of Cornwall: The People and their Plants celebrates twenty-five years of The Great Gardens of Cornwall: nineteen excellent Cornish gardens, their owners and head gardeners who, over the years, have loved and tended them and made them today’s great gardens. It was formally launched by Alan Titchmarsh at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Great Gardens of Cornwall website has more information.

Tim Hubbard has lived and gardened in Cornwall since 1977. He was a BBC radio presenter for some twenty-five years, hosting news and current affairs programmes, for which he won several major awards. He also presented and produced arts and gardening features, documentaries and outside broadcasts.

In 2002, Tim developed a unique partnership between the BBC and the Royal Horticultural Society, part of which involved building a prize-winning show garden at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. He now works as a freelance presenter at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cornwall Spring Flower Show and elsewhere, writes for newspapers and magazines, and voices film and video. His first book, A Year in Cornwall with Tim Hubbard, was published in 2000.

  • Foreword – Alan Titchmarsh
  • Introduction – Charles Williams
  • The Great Gardens of Cornwall … What do they mean to you?
  • The Great Gardens of Cornwall: Locations
  • Abbey Garden, Tresco
  • Bonython Estate Gardens
  • Caerhays Castle and Gardens
  • The Eden Project
  • Lamorran House Gardens
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • The National Trust
  • Trebah Garden
  • Tregothnan
  • Tregrehan
  • Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens
  • Trewidden Garden
  • Trewithen
  • The Great Gardens of Cornwall: Websites
  • Acknowledgements

ISBN: 9780906720981
1st edition
120 pages
164 colour photos
1 map

214 x 222 mm

‘a fascinating volume… Definitely a book for all lovers of Cornish gardens.’ (The Cornish Garden, no. 60, 2017)

‘Frank Ruhrmund heaps praise on a new book celebrating some of Cornwall’s great gardens…’ ‘how grateful we should be to the owners and managers of these nineteen great gardens for tending them so carefully, and allowing us to see and share their glories, and of course, to Tim Hubbard for telling their story so admirably. Generously illustrated, with full colour photographs from various sources, it is guaranteed to delight garden lovers everywhere.’ (Western Morning News, 04.03.17)

‘packed with photographs, quotes and anecdotes from some of the hundreds of dedicated gardeners who’ve worked on Cornwall’s gardens over the centuries.’ (Cornwall Living, Issue 57, March 2017)

‘With enthusiasm and considerable empathy for and understanding of all that goes into the creation of a great garden, [Tim Hubbard] tells the history of each of these 19 gardens … in an affectionate, appealing, easy-to-read style.’ (The Cornishman, 09.03.17)

‘The new 25th anniversary book includes comments from some of [the Great Gardens’] best-known visitors, who explain why they love to visit them. They include Fern Britton and Rick Stein as well as TV and radio gardeners Christine Walkden and Matt Biggs.  Alan Titchmarsh sums up the attraction…’ (Cornwall Today, April 2017)

‘Presenting the county’s best gardens.’ (The Garden, May 2017)

‘This would be a bargain at twice the price! A horticultural gem packed with many fine colour photos, it will appeal to everyone interested not just in gardening but also in people, plants, trees and colourful landscapes in general.’ (This England, Summer 2017)

‘A well illustrated, useful guide.’ (Western Morning News, 06.05.16)

‘With unique perspectives from their owners and head gardeners who’ve tended them over the years, each chapter shines the spotlight on a different location … with a fascinating take on the history and features of each location, and beautiful photographs of landmarks and plants’ (Eden Magazine, Spring 2017, Issue 33)

‘the book examines not only the obvious attractions of the places themselves, but how they came to be as they are, and especially the people who made them that way … a fascinating story … illustrating just how it is that Cornwall makes gardeners green with envy … excellent colour photos and informative text.’ (Old Cornwall, Vol XV, no. 5, Autumn 2017)