About Us

Cornwall Garden Society is all about celebrating the unique beauty of Cornish gardens, exchanging tips, ideas and knowledge, meeting up for lectures and garden visits and, of course, making new friends. 

Our origins go back to 1832 when the inaugural meeting of the Royal Horticultural Society of Cornwall was held, supported by the patronage of King William IV ‘who was graciously pleased to place the sum of £10. 10s. 0d (ten guineas)’ at the Society’s disposal.  That royal support has continued and today we are very honoured to have HRH Prince Charles as our patron.

We have a packed programme of events throughout the year. In early spring we hold the prestigious CGS Spring Flower Show, the largest horticultural show outside London, our 'Chelsea of the South West'. This will be at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge on 6 and 7 April in 2019. As a charity, our aims are to encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture, promote good gardening principles and promote, conserve and protect the national environment in Cornwall.  We fulfil those aims by organising a wide variety of events that bring people together – giving them an opportunity to learn more about gardens in a fun, productive way.

Whether you’re a beginner, an enthusiastic amateur or a budding professional, we hope that Cornwall Garden Society can help you love gardening too.

We are affiliated to the RHS and we are pleased that a number of garden socieites and clubs are affiliated to us. (View affiliates under About Us).  If you are interested in becoming an affiliate member, please contact Jilly Easterby, Membership Secretary, for details on 07743164434 or email membership@cornwallgardensociety.org.uk

Members' Gardens

Our members have some truly beautiful and interesting gardens. Take a look to see some of the wonderful things growing.

Become a Member

You can take out CGS membership as an individual or as a family and there are lots of benefits.

Upcoming Events

  • Day Trip by Coach to National Trust Greenway, Galmpton with Ferry Trip on the River Dart

    Enjoy a scenic return boat trip between Dartmouth and Greenway, which Agatha Christie called “the loveliest place in the world” and is now in the care of the National Trust. 

    There will be ample time to explore this much-loved house and productive walled garden with its 120ft-long peach house, vinery, allotment and softly-planted borders, all of which thrive within its protective walls. 

    Pause to relax in the informal garden and enjoy glimpses of the river from its woodland walks.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.

  • Self-drive Visit to Minack Theatre Gardens, Porthcurno and Boscrowan, Penzance

    Enjoy a guided tour of the Minack Theatre Gardens with Jeff Rowe and Claire Batten, who have won multiple medals at RHS Chelsea for their specialist exotics, and discover what makes these sub-tropical gardens unique. Learn about the challenges of gardening on a cliff-edge and the species that flourish in unusual climatic conditions, benefitting from the warmth of Cornish granite yet being treated harshly by the strong salt winds off the Atlantic.

    In complete contrast, we then head to Boscrowan, in a sheltered valley near Penzance, for a delicious lunch and a gentle amble around the gardens where the pleasures of herbaceous borders against a wooded backdrop; a wildlife pond; an original revolving Victorian summerhouse; a growing sedum roof, a cutting garden and a bring-and-buy plant stall with proceeds to charity await you.

    The booking form is available to download here or in hard copy, upon request, from the organiser.