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“Wonderfully relaxing”
Review of Pinetum Park

Pinetum Park
Ranked #9 of 48 things to do in St Austell
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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.
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“Wonderfully relaxing”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

The small entrance to this series of gardens is deceiving. Once inside it opens out to a vast area planted with 80 different conifers. Most impressive! We didn't have enough time to explore the whole site but the Winter Garden was memorable, as was the wisteria bridge (it was in full flower) and the lake with black swans. The Japanese garden was small and not over impressive.
Visitors should take a few hours to amble around this lovely spot - they will find it most relaxing.

Visited June 2014
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Truro, United Kingdom
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“A real gem”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

Wonderful spot of tranquility. Well designed Japanese garden all kept immaculate. Cafe cream tea was lovely and staff so friendly. Definitely want to go back and the annual pass is a great idea. Fresh asparagus from the shop was good too. Wish I had visited before now.

Visited May 2014
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“Brightened a wet morning!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We visited on a wet Thursday morning, a very quiet morning so we had the gardens almost to ourselves. A gentle walk round very pretty gardens. Particularly liked the Japanese garden - very tranquil. Plant sales area was disappointing. Great value especially as we had a 2 for 1 offer!!!

Visited May 2014
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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“Good Gardens at a sensible entry price.”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

There is plenty to see in both the formal and informal gardens with good walks to the lake area. Well behaved dogs are very welcome and there lots of spaces for them to explor. There is a small café, farm shop and plant sales area.

Visited April 2014
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“Pine Dining”
Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

Wonderful gardens, a beautiful tranquil space - no gimmicks, no corporate sell, just the freedom to wander at your leisure and enjoy this labour of love. Occasional family friendly events feature across the year - my daughter has very happy memories of an Easter based event a couple of years ago - great fun!

The tea room really deserves an entry in its own right. It is accessible without paying for entry to the gardens and the fact that it is so well patronised by locals and visitors, is testimony to the quality of food and service and to pretty reasonable prices.

A family affair, run by a team of unfailingly friendly and cheerful ladies, there is a great range of hot and cold food, with daily specials and a clear emphasis on local produce. The home made chips, such a rarity in modern Britain, are to die for. Add to this delicious cream teas, superb coffee and an impressive collection of homemade cakes and you can see why this place is so popular.

Sunday roasts also feature, and we look forward to sampling them on our next visit to the area, I suspect they will give many a pub carvery a run for their money. I understand too, that evening openings are being planned for Summer 2014.

Visited April 2014
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