Even if you don't know a dandelion from a dahlia you cannot fail to be impressed by the Eden Project.
Not only have they collected a phenomenal array of plants from every corner
of the globe; they have built the eighth wonder of the world to house the
collection. It is stunning, it is surreal; whatever term you wish to hang on
it it's well worth a visit.
It is no accident that the Eden Project happened in Cornwall: the warm gulf
stream creates a climate in which many plants thrive. Cornwall has long
been home to plant collectors: every country squire seems to have built a
fabulous garden, and many of these are now open to the public.
Close to Helsbury Park are Pencarrow, a dog-friendly attraction; Long Cross
Victorian gardens and Lanhydrock, with its magnificent stately home. Further a field are
Trelissick and Trerice, and, if you have time, a helicopter ride will get you
to the Tresco Abbey Gardens in the Isles of Scillly.