Sofa Tour 3—Cornwall Hidden Tropics

Cornwall Hidden Tropics

By Mary Charlebois

Tregothnan Estate, England’s only tea plantation. It’s in a tropical garden, Cornwall England.
Photo by Mary Charlebois

Cornwall—a place of rugged coasts, misty moors, legends, and hidden tropics.

A rain forest under a dome. Eden Project, Cornwall England. Photograph by Mary Charlebois
A rain forest under domes. Eden Project, Cornwall England. Photograph by Mary Charlebois

Walking cautiously down the slippery Bedruthan Steps footpath, visibility was about 3-feet. I could hear the ocean roaring far below, but with the thick fog, I couldn’t see the edge of the cliffs.

It was damp, cold, and plenty scary. I turned around and headed for the tea-hut I saw near the entrance to the park. I had to look for a warmer destination.

Tea and lemon cake warmed me up while I chatted with locals about the sudden change from the hottest summer in history to cold and foggy. My tea companions were avid walkers. They suggested several places I would find warmer temps and pleasant walking in tropical gardens.

Into the tropics

English Lemon Cake. Photo by Mary Charlebois
English Lemon Cake. Photo by Mary Charlebois

Over the 7-days I wandered around Cornwall, I explored the suggested tropical microclimates. I discovered three gardens, each with a distinctive character and landscaping unique to England. I wrote a piece about tropical Cornwall for GoNOMAD. There’s a video, photos, and words about Eden Project, Trebah Gardens, and Tregothnan Estate.
Please enjoy, MaryGo

Trebah Gardens, walking paths, beach, live performance, and a restaurant serving local produce – Cornwall England.
Photo by Mary Charlebois

Click the red title below to read all about these tropical gardens, my tour,
how to get there, and where to stay while in Cornwall.

Cornwall Hidden Tropics

To learn more about Cornwall click HERE.

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