Japanese Garden and Bonsai Centre

Published September 17th, 2021 Japanese Garden and Bonsai Centre Published in: Days Out

Cornwall is known for its many sub-tropical gardens but, there is another lesser known and vastly different garden here in Cornwall. It is equally as beautiful as the other gardens but somewhat unique. The Japanese Garden is in St Mawgan on the outskirts of Newquay.

They are unique in that they are the only one of its kind in the county. A remarkable garden where east meets west, and a superb place to visit and take your time to stroll around and soak up the natural beauty and peacefulness.

Regardless of the time of year, the gardens are full of colourful. Colours and fragrances play an integral part of these gardens and help to create lasting memories.

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Located in a sheltered valley bottom, these idyllic gardens are home to a diversity of plants, that thrive in their protected location. The gardens are the perfect destination if you are seeking a place to relax in a tranquil setting surrounded by nature at its best. It is an oasis of calm, tranquillity and zen, a beautiful calming space.

The entire gardens are modelled and created using an authentic Japanese design. They have been established as a meditative garden and walking around it is easy to clear your mind of everyday stresses.

Traditionally Japanese Gardens utilize a combination of man made and natural elements. The well laid out gardens are artistically styled and shaped, and feature Japanese characteristics like waterfalls, koi carp, bamboo, tea houses, islands, stone lanterns, bridges, statues, wind chimes, along with areas designed for meditation. You are above all transported to another world that is far away from traditional Cornwall. Each object and its specific placement are important in the harmonious role it fulfils in the gardens.

Viewing points strategically placed around the gardens offer specific views of the plants and ornaments, likewise the twists and turns in the pathways cause you to pause and enjoy your splendid surroundings. With plenty of seating areas where you can sit and contemplate amongst the picturesque surroundings.

The Japanese Gardens are in addition home to a specialist bonsai nursery, where you can purchase one of these delightful miniature trees for your own home. They have a variety of bonsais in different species and sizes. The gift shop also stocks acers, succulents, garden ornaments, pots, and oriental themed goods.

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The gardens are open from early March through to the end of October, 7 days a week, from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Most of the pathways are flat and gravel so are suitable for wheelchair users. It is recommended that you book in advance. For more information, please click below.