Winter at Pinetum Gardens

Winter at Pinetum Gardens

AS THE heavens open, and residents mourn the passing of Summer, Pinetum Gardens in St Austell is offering a ray of hope – with an offer to check out Cornwall’s most colourful winter gardens.

The three-acre winter garden is full of ‘curve appeal’ because it was designed to look like a rose, with paths spiralling out from the centre. All the plants have either winter flowers, beautiful bark, colourful foliage, or heavily scented leaves. There are also scores of heathers, hundreds of bulbs, and some very unusual evergreen trees – all designed to look fabulous, whatever the weather.

The winter garden is one of 10 distinct areas within the 30-acre Pinetum site off the A391 near Holmbush. There are also Japanese, cottage, water, woodland and sunken gardens, as well as the pinetum, an arboretum, a serene lake, and a high quality on-site café and gift shop.

Locals are reminded to buy or renew their season tickets for 2018, ahead of a planned price increase. From now until December 31, season tickets bought online or at admissions will cost £16. Pinetum will also amend start dates on any passes bought for others as Christmas presents. From January 1, 2018, the price of a season ticket will be £18.

Baby and Child Clothing Swap

Baby and Child Clothing Swap

On Sunday 15th October 2017, 10am until 2pm we are hosting a baby and child clothing swap at Pinetum Gardens. A great chance to swap clothing with other Mums and give aid to BABA as well. Reserve your space by emailing: We suggest a donation of £5 per table for BABA.

Dog Show at Pinetum Gardens!

Dog Show at Pinetum Gardens!

PINETUM Gardens is cementing its reputation as a canine-friendly garden – by inviting four-legged friends to strut their stuff at a dog show, as well as explore the grounds.

The attraction is hosting a fun dog show on September 23 from 10-4pm in aid of the Cornish charity Tanya’s Courage – which supports young people who have cancer.

The event takes place in the courtyard garden, where admission is free. Each entry to the show costs £1 – with all proceeds donated to the charity.

Chang Li, owner of the gardens, said: “There are dogs in around one in three households in the UK, and we want to do everything we can to make them welcome at Pinetum.

“We already see breeds of all shapes and sizes exploring the 30-acre grounds. It will be great to see the dogs enjoying the grounds in a new way.”

The event also offers an opportunity for local businesses to set up pitches on site – awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Parking, the courtyard garden, courtyard and tearoom are free to enter, however anyone wishing to explore the stunning gardens (with or without a dog) will need to pay the entrance fee. Children under 11 are free.

The classes are:

  1. Most Handsome Dog
  2. Prettiest Female Dog
  3. Best Six Legs
  4. Waggiest Tail
  5. Best Short Coat
  6. Best Long Coat
  7. Most Appealing Eyes
  8. Best Trick
  9. The Dog (Male or Female The Judge Most Wants To Take Home)
  10. Best Dog Over 15” (Male or Female)
  11. Best Dog Under 15” (Male Or Female)
  12. Best Rescued Dog (Male Or Female)
  13. Best Puppy: 4-12 months old (Male Or Female)
  14. Best Handler
  15. Best Child Handler (Up to the age of 10 years)
  16. Best Child Handler (11 – 16 years)
  17. Best Condition Dog (Male Or Female)
  18. Best Fancy Dress (Male Or Female)
  19. Best In Show (Free Class For All Winners)


Cornish Garden Celebrates Trade and Cultural Links with China

Cornish Garden Celebrates Trade and Cultural Links with China

THE trade and cultural links between Cornwall and China will be celebrated in a new exhibition by the Chinese owner of a popular public garden in The Duchy.

Chang Li owns the site of Pinetum Gardens in St Austell – which accommodates the former home of Sir Alan Dalton – ex Chairman of the English China Clays Group (ECC).

Sir Alan is credited with delivering a 20-fold increase in exports during his tenure due to globalisation – which included forging strong links with mainland China. He was a much-loved figure in the business and public life of his adopted county of Cornwall.

Chang Li said: “Sir Alan Dalton’s home is situated right next to our courtyard and tea rooms, and we saw people passing it every day – unaware of its significance for the local china clay industry and landscape. We felt it was important to bring that story to life.”

Further, the alternative name for China clay, kaolin, came from the Chinese province of Gaoling. The material was first used in China many centuries ago to make fine porcelain. William Cookworthy spotted a gap in the market – and a mere 250 years ago found an alternative source of the material in Cornwall, and started the china clay industry.

Now Mr Li has invited a team of dedicated volunteers from the local China Clay History Society, comprising scores of former staff from ECC, to take time out from supporting Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum, and help him to research the Cornwall/China exhibition.

In the coming weeks, the team will unveil an exhibition giving an overview of the china clay industry in Cornwall through the years; as well as accounts of the life and work of local people. The material will go on display in the courtyard, which is free to enter

Mr Li added: “Cornwall and China may be on opposite sides of the world, but the people share many qualities – such as being hard-working, enterprising and innovative.  We are proud to play a small part in bringing these connections to life.”

Top 5 picnic spots at Pinetum Gardens

Top 5 picnic spots at Pinetum Gardens

It’s ‘National Picnic Week’, an event recognises the simple joys of the quintessential English experience. So, what better place to indulge than the ‘English Country Garden’ that is the Pinetum Gardens in St Austell, Cornwall?

Grab your hamper, shake off the blanket, pull your teddy bear out of hiding (we won’t tell anyone) and check out what we believe are among the five top picnic spots going:

On lakeside benches

Those who love their wildlife as much as picnics should head to the water’s edge, to get up close and personal with an array of bird and insect life

Up high above the meadow and lake

Pitch up at what is arguably the attraction’s best vantage point. Then there’s no excuse not to walk around the lake at the end to burn off the biccies

The Courtyard

A crafty escape for picnic lovers who don’t want to get covered in grass. The courtyard comes complete with sturdy benches and a cobbled floor.

On the grass in the Cottage Garden

Those who like a softer landing should crash down on grass, surrounded by beautiful coloured plants in the heart of the Pinetum – Franklin D Roosevelt said trees and forests are “the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ” Reap the benefits while enjoying a cup of tea.

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Champion Trees Trail at Pinetum Gardens

Champion Trees Trail at Pinetum Gardens

Looking for things to do in Cornwall over May half-term? A new ‘Champion Trees’ trail highlighting 9 of the most notable trees in Britain has been launched at Pinetum Gardens in St Austell 27 May – 4 June.

The ‘Champion Trees’ are part of a national database compiled by the Tree Register; a charity which lists more than 200,000 exceptional, rare and historically significant trees throughout Britain and Ireland.

It’s rare to have so many ‘Champion Trees’ on one site and now Pinetum’s team of gardeners have put together an information trail for visitors to help identify all 9.

Among the floral superstars are a Banksia tree from Australia, a buddleia from Mexico and an extremely rare persimmon tree from China.

“We are extremely proud to have no fewer than 9 Champion Trees here at Pinetum Park and we hope the trail will help showcase them to visitors,” said David Milne, Manager.

“The trees vary in shape, size and colour and our dotted throughout our different garden areas. Each is fascinating and exceptional in its own way and, together, they make for a fun and informative trail which will literally take you all around the world; from New Zealand and Australia to China and North America,” he added.

The Champion Tree trail is the latest addition to the attraction with gardens covering more than 30 acres, which are home to over 6,000 different types of plants and trees from around the world.

Separated in to 10 different themed areas, visitors can explore the famous Pinetum which features 80 varieties of conifer including the giant redwood from America which can reach up to 90 metres in height.

Other highlights include the Japan Garden, inspired by visits to the botanical gardens in Kyoto, the Water Garden, with its giant gunnera, the Woodland Garden, with its bluebells, camellias and rhododendrons, and the traditional Cornish Cottage Garden complete with water features and colourful flowers.

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