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The Japanese Garden
Ranked #15 of 63 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).
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Visited these gardens as interested in trying Bonsai, the gardens are great and very interesting. Spoke to a gentleman about bonsai and he was ver helpful, just a shame I forgot to take the photo of the tree that I want to change into Bonsai

Thank morebeard
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We visited this garden in June 2013, which is lovely but only takes about 15 mins maximum to walk round. Thought the £4.50 admission charge was a bit excessive. St Mawgan is a beautiful village and the tea garden there was superb. highly recommended.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

There are other Japanese style gardens in the UK and elsewhere that have all the features of a Japanese garden but I do not know another which quite captures the spirit and timeless qualities of an old Japanese garden as this one does.
This is a place to sit and contemplate and celebrate the beauty of raw nature in every detail. A seemingly natural setting that merges with the landscape of old woodland is in fact a careful and detailed study in balanced asymmetry. The gnarled tree reclining against a carpet of moss or irregular rock, The play of light and sound of moving water all please the eye and calm the soul.
This garden is inspiring even on a damp day
The garden continues to improve with age

1  Thank Robertscargill
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

A wonderful atmosphere to enjoy this very unusual place. Well worth a visit and we will return again..

Thank Angela S
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

visited this garden while on holiday and it was lovely to walk around and see the different plants, trees etc. Lovely to look at the fish in the pond. Lots of plants in nursery to sell but i found them
to be overpriced. If a keen gardener you would love it. Good admission price.

Thank june w
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