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Review of The Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden
Ranked #13 of 57 things to do in Newquay
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Owner description: EAST MEETS WEST The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of nature with an artistic refinement using shaping & styling of plants & natural elements. It is a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space. The garden was built as a meditative garden, where one can calm the mind & let go of unwanted stress through contemplation & reflection. We are open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last entrance to the Japanese Garden 5pm. NEW SEASONAL OPENING TIMES We are open from the 1st March to the 31st October Admission Prices Adults: £4.50 Children: £2.00 Babies/in buggies free Shop & plant areas are admission free. This year we will be offering Season Tickets for £9 – which will enable one person to visit the Japanese Garden as often as they like during our opening dates & times. Useful Information Garden size: 1 acre approx Wheelchair friendly: Yes, 90% + (gravel paths) Refreshments: Yes, small selection of hot & cold drinks & outdoor seating area Toilets: None on site. Public toilet facilities approximately 20 meters from car park entrance Dogs: We love dogs & have one of our own (Rupert), but cannot allow dogs, except guide dogs, in the Japanese Garden. There is ample shade in our car park & we can provide water for a four legged friend if requested The Japanese Garden is just over an acre in size & is located in the picturesque village of St. Mawgan. There is a variety of trees & plants growing in the garden; some planted 20-30 years ago when the garden was first created & others that have been growing for easily a hundred years. Plants that are classically recognised as Japanese (Japanese Acers for example) are located in abundance throughout the garden & these are blended with some beautiful, local Cornish plants (such as a huge english oak tree among others). Depending on when you visit you might see the spectacular Asaleas flowering in the spring, or the Japanese Acers turning from green to vivid red in the autumn. We now offer a small selection of refreshments (some hot & cold drinks) & a seating area near to our shop. We are hoping to develop a cafe in the future, so we are always keen to hear suggestions about what you might like. If you would like to bring your own food, you are more than welcome, we just ask that you do not leave any litter in the garden. We do not have toilets on site but the village public toilets are accessible & are just around the corner from our car park entrance (less than a 2 minute walk).
Bedworth, United Kingdom
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“Very honest staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

I webt there to buy a bonsai plant for my flat while visiting Newquay. After choosing a japanese elm plant (£25) I asked for care advise and to my geniue suprise I was advise not to buy it as my flat won't be a suitable place to grow it. I found it very refreshing to come across such honest sellers who won't tell you porkies just to made a sale. I will definetly come back when I move the house ;)))

Thank Maggie H
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“would love to come back in the summer”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

visited on the last opening day of the year the weather was poor but the garden was still a delight we would love and intend to visit in the summer its not large but very intresting the owner is friendly and helpful answering all our questions about the plants if you like gardens you wont be disappointed

Visited December 2012
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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“Small but interesting.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

This is a small, pretty, Japanese garden. Nice to visit when the weather is warm & dry. They have lots of Bonsais to see & to buy. It is set in the little village of St. Mawgan, a few miles from Newquay.

Visited August 2012
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Whitehills, United Kingdom
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“Pick the right season to visit.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

Visited in begining of Oct and should have visited in he spring really as would have been more colourful. On saying this was a good couple of hours out and was interesting and the Koi fish pond was great.

Visited October 2012
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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“Transport yourself to Japan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

Having lived with a Japanese family i was most intrigued to discover and find this little hidden gem. I have never seen so many Bonsais Plants in one place. The gardens are very well set out in Japanese style, little Buddas and Temples hidden away, little bridges and lots koi carp. Peaceful and enchanting. Theres a temple area to sit and just be and wind chimes sound in the background. The nursery sell an array of Japanese themed plants, stone ware and chimes. A tad expensive but unique. I did feel though that the entrance could do with a makeover when time and funds allow. The village also has a very old church a gift centre and a post office selling very nice goodies. Well worth a visit as well. £4.50 Entrance fee, toilets in village.

Visited September 2012
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