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 Cornwall Spring Flower Show, held against the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of Boconnoc Estate near Lostwithiel.  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

  • The Gardens of Holland

    This five-day tour, with flights to and from Exeter airport, will take in some of Holland’s finest gardens including Het Loo, Hortus Botanicus, Delft Botanic Gardens, The Arboretum Trompenburg and the world-renowned showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, Keukenhof. Other highlights include executive coach travel, bed and full buffet selection breakfast at the 4* Van der Valk Hotel, and a boat trip in Amsterdam. This holiday was fully subscribed at the time of going to press but we do keep a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations so it is worth contacting us if you are interested.

  • Self-Drive visit. The Lodge, Fletchersbridge,Bodmin and Sibby Cottage, Tregrehan Mills, St Austell

    In a frost pocket, warmed only in winter by Bodmin Crematorium, Tony Ryde and his late partner, Michael created this three-acre riverside garden at Fletchersbridge, specialising in trees and shrubs. Magnolia, cornus, viburnums, paulownias, davidias and acers all flourish in this informal setting, complemented by ponds, waterfalls and a charming Gothic lodge. Enjoying the embrace of the adjoining Tregrehan Estate, Sibby Cottage is able to grow unusual tender plants, already over 900. Established only four years ago by Shirley and Ray Clemo (formerly of the renowned Pine Lodge Gardens), some large, inherited specimens form the backbone of the garden, whilst new herbaceous and shrub borders are underplanted with hundreds of bulbs. The booking form will be available in March