About Us

Cornwall Garden Society is all about celebrating the unique beauty of Cornish gardens, exchanging tips, ideas and knowledge, meeting up for lectures and garden visits and, of course, making new friends. 

Our origins go back to 1832 when the inaugural meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society of Cornwall was held, supported by the patronage of King William IV ‘who was graciously pleased to place the sum of £10. 10s. 0d (ten guineas)’ at the Society’s disposal.  That royal support has continued and today we are very honoured to have HRH Prince Charles as our patron.

We have a packed programme of events throughout the year. In early spring we hold the prestigious CGS Spring Flower Show, the largest horticultural show outside London, our 'Chelsea of the South West'. This will be at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on 6 and 7 April in 2019. As a charity, our aims are to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture, promote good gardening principles and promote, conserve and protect the national environment in Cornwall.  We fulfil those aims by organising a wide variety of events that bring people together – giving them an opportunity to learn more about gardens in a fun, productive way.

Whether you’re a beginner, an enthusiastic amateur or a budding professional, we hope that Cornwall Garden Society can help you love gardening too.

We are affiliated to the RHS and we are pleased that a number of garden socieites and clubs are affiliated to us. (View affiliates under About Us).  If you are interested in becoming an affiliate member, please contact Jilly Easterby, Membership Secretary, for details on 07743164434 or email membership@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

Member's Gardens

Members' Gardens

Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.

Become a Member

You can take out CGS membership as an individual or as a family and there are lots of benefits.

Upcoming Events

  • Garden holiday to the Gardens of Norfolk and Suffolk

    Brightwater Garden Holidays have organised this tour for us, which will begin with Beth Chatto’s famous garden. Corpusty Mill, the private garden of Roger Last will be followed by National Trust Blickling Hall; Dell Garden and Foggy Bottom created by the Bloom family; Helmingham Hall Gardens where house, parkland and gardens create an exceptional work of art, and Wyken Hall.

    The Plantation Garden in Norwich is an oasis of peace and tranquillity; National Trust Felbrigg Hall is one of the finest 17th century houses in East Anglia; the breathtaking 20 acres of East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden will delight and RHS Hyde Hall will be our finale.

    Dinner, bed and breakfast will be provided at the 4* Dunston Hall Hotel in Norwich.

    To download a booking form for this garden holiday, please click here.

  • Self-drive visit to Bokelly, St Kew and Millpond, Lower Amble

    Bokelly’s seven-acre garden surrounds an historic house with lichened outbuildings and a 15th century barn. An inspirational work in progress by its owner, Henrietta Courtauld, the garden features new plantings for various levels and soils with woodland, an orchard, a vegetable plot and large cutting garden as well as herbal and wildflower areas.

    Later, we visit the charming hamlet of Lower Amble to concentrate on Sheilagh Lees’ 20-year-old garden with its wealth of trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders with late flowering roses, fuchsias and perennials, orchard, vegetable garden and lovely millpond.

    Our booking form will be available in June.