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“Different, Original and Interesting Park & Gardens!!!”
Review of Pinetum Gardens

Pinetum Gardens
Ranked #6 of 50 things to do in St Austell
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Pinetum Gardens is relatively unknown and yet possibly one of Cornwall's loveliest gardens. Situated in St Austell, Pinetum Gardens is 30 acres of well maintained and manicured gardens, offering 12 different garden styles and nearly 6000 varieties of plants. One of the big selling points of the garden is that nearly all of our plants are labelled and whilst you can expect to find the usual Cornish suspects of camellias, rhododendrons and alike, there are many exotic varieties vying for your attention. Pinetum Gardens is in fact a series of gardens, all offering something different throughout the year. As the name suggests there is a Pinetum, a collection of 80 conifers set in four acres of land, this is a truly majestic and magical part of the garden, that takes your breath away on first glance. Not all conifers are evergreen and some produce wonderful autumnal colours, whilst others produce fir cones as big as rugby balls, making autumn an amazing time to visit. Whilst it would be worth visiting Pinetum Park for the conifers alone, there is so much more to see including a beautiful Winter Garden, planted to showcase the best of winter plants, all were chosen for their beautiful winter flowers, bark and coloured foliage and lots of scented leaves. There are also many heathers, hundreds of bulbs and some very unusual evergreen trees. The gardens also boast a Zen inducing Japanese garden, that features an authentic Japanese tea house and nearly every plant in the garden is grown from seed that were donated by the Kyoto Botanical Gardens in Japan, after a visit their many years ago by the garden creators. Pinetum Park is a relatively new and unusual garden, started 30 years ago by some local, horticulturists who set about travelling the world to collect seeds and plants to establish this remarkable garden. Now, well established, the gardens are open throughout the entire year and with so many plants to see, there is something to admire no matter what time of year you visit. The garden also has a tea room serving morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea and a gift shop. 95% of our garden can be accessed by mobility scooters and wheelchairs. You can hire a mobility scooter from the ticket office.
Reviewed December 28, 2013

We just happened to see the sign to the Pinetum Park while driving through St. Austell. Being the curious people we are, we stopped and went in.
The whole garden is beautiful and worthwhile.
However, the highlight for us and the main reason for this warm review is the Pinetum itself - A large lawn, beautifully landscaped, with a magnificent collection of pine trees of all sizes, shapes and types. There are over 80 different pine trees from all over the world, some of which are surprising, weird and even funny to look at.
There are bigger and more varied gardens, especially in the UK, but even if only for the Pine trees themselves, Pinetum is worth a visit.
If you are in the area, make a point of stopping here!!! It is right off the main road and is definitely worthwhile!!!

1  Thank Shaked007
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"winter garden"
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"japanese garden"
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"pine lodge"
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"tea room"
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"plant sales area"
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"groupon voucher"
in 5 reviews
"lovely garden"
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"plants and trees"
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"feed the ducks"
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"mobility scooter"
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"home made cakes"
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"few hours"
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"tea shop"
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"different areas"
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"cream tea"
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"locals pass"
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"nice cafe"
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Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

We have only find memories of Pinetum Park, we only wish we could visit more often.

Highly recommended, please visit if you have a chance.

1  Thank kwilkyn
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I often passed the sign to this attraction, which is on the A390 as you go through St Austell, but never went in. That is until a few years back... This is a tranquil oasis of woodland and flowers, with a a small restaurant and flower/shrub sales. Highly recommended for a few hours of pleasant strolls including the Japanese Garden.

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is a lovely little place - no need to enter the gardens in order to visit the tearoom. Delicious, unfussy food and little trinkets to buy in the shop. The cream tea is a good one, too!

1  Thank Princessgirl
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

I just do not understand those reviewers who have left anything other than excellent comments about these gardens.

These gardens were designed, largely planted and tended by one very imaginative elderly lady started as recently as 1976. They are now maturing beautifully and are utterly divine. Today, as four of us toured the grounds it was very quiet, which only enhanced our experience.

The cafe' serves wonderful home cooking by very friendly, helpful staff.

We are so pleased to have " found" these gardens and will be returning very soon.

2  Thank peterthelight
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