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“a little gem”

The Japanese Garden
Ranked #14 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 27 June 2014

This is a real must to visit as it is out of this world and so very peaceful, the water trickling and wind chimes tinkling make it very special and with all the little winding paths you never know what you will see next.

Thank Barbara O
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

My husband has a keen interest in Bonsai so we made a point of visiting during our holiday in Cornwall. Had seen the website so was prepared for the admission prices but was surprised how small the site was on arrival. As no dogs are allowed in the garden we had to leave our dog in the car. Luckily it was rather a cool day but decided to park underneath overhanging branches to provide maximum shade. Whilst positioning the car a member of staff came out and asked us to move the car, to keep others from following suit. How petty as the car park only had 3 cars in and was unlikely to have an influx of visitors so early in the morning. Yes the gardens are beautiful but there is no information about the plants provided. Our 3 year old daughter was excitable to see the fish and windchimes etc but was barked at by the same member of staff for walking over an area of moss. We took our time to wander around the gardens - if only to feel like we got our moneys worth- but again, the same member of staff disturbed the peaceful atmosphere by continuously raking the gravel on the footpaths. It almost felt that she was following us to keep an eye on us! The Bonsai tree sale area is neglected and the shop area is overpriced. Don't waste your time and money.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

beautiful garden. Very relaxing. spent afewhours ofpeaceful wondering lookingatthe plants and fish and just enjoying the peaceful atmosphere

1  Thank Amber394
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Situated in the heart of the village both the nursery and Japanese Garden are well worth a visit. Great range of plants and Bonsai paraphernalia and the Japanese Garden has been painstakingly developed by the owners over the last 20 years. A tranquil oasis and a relaxing afternoon for local and visitors alike. St Mawgan is always worth a visit. Archetypally Cornish and just 10 minutes drive of the coast at Watergate Bay and Mawgan Porth. There is a post office/shop and a popular pub. Newquay is just 7 miles away.

1  Thank Tim&AlanCornwall
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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff - offered umbrellas in case of rain. We were very happy to wander around the 2 acres of gardens with many areas to stop, relax and reflect. Well worth a visit and one of the best collections of bonsai for sale that we have ever seen.

1  Thank Brian S
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