Pine Lodge Gardens
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The history of Pine Lodge goes back to the 19th century when the area was heavily mined for tin and copper. The mine area was then planted with trees, and these provide a historical canvas for the main gardens, which were developed from 1976.
The woodland garden is at its most colourful in Spring, when snowdrops arrive, followed by bluebells, primulae, and crocus. There is an acer glade for Autumn colours, and a new plantation with over 2000 native trees. The Top Garden features a pond with koi carp and goldfish, and a stream feeding small cascades. Woodland trails lead through a landscape lush with colour in early spring, when azaleas bloom.
The sunken garden offers a peaceful refuge on warm summer days, with scented gladiolus and New Zealand dianella, with a carpet of blue sweet peas for ground cover. The arboretum offers over 80 varieties of conifers, and there is a colourful wildflower meadow.
Other major garden areas include a winter garden, water garden, a peaceful Japanese Garden, and a lake where black swans swim. This is very much a horticulturalists garden; species are carefully labelled, and there are many examples of unusual plants from abroad to offer inspiration for your own garden projects.
Pine Lodge Gardens is a past winner of a Bronze Medal as Best Small Visitor Attraction in Cornwall.
Pine Lodge is extremely easy to find; the entrance is on the south side of the A390 just east of St Austell, and it is well signposted. We visited in April, when the spring colours were emerging, yet the garden was not crowded with visitors. It was an absolute delight to explore the different areas of the garden.
The Winter Garden is a delight, with a wonderful mix of colours and textures, but my favourite area of Pine Lodge was the Japanese Garden, with a tea hut standing beside a small pool. After visiting all the major gardens near St Austell and Truro, including some of the best-known and most-publicized gardens, I'd have to say that Pine Lodge was my favourite.
About Pine Lodge Gardens
Address: Holmbush, St Austell, Cornwall, England, PL25 3RQ
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: On the A390 between Holmbush and Tregrehan
Website: Pine Lodge Gardens
Phone: 01726 73500
OS: SX045 527
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Tregrehan Garden - 0.6 miles (Garden)
Par, St Mary's Church - 0.9 miles (Historic Church)
Eden Project - 1.4 miles (Garden)
Lanlivery, St Brevita's Church - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
St Catherines Castle - 4.7 miles (Castle)
Lost Gardens of Heligan - 4.8 miles (Garden)
Fowey, St Fimbarrus Church - 5 miles (Historic Church)
St Winnow Church - 5.1 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Pine Lodge Gardens:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')