Falmouth has a mild maritime climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream
enabling many sub-tropical species of plant to flourish. For those
interested in horticulture, Falmouth is indeed a continual delight,
with almost every garden exhibiting plants or trees of unusual interest.
Both Fox Rosehill and Queen Mary Gardens have received the National
Green Park Flag Award, with credit for being of great historical
and botanical importance for Falmouth and in recognition of environmental
protection and enhancement of the Gardens.
Fox Rosehill Gardens
These gardens are located off Melvill Road. This peaceful garden
is a legacy from the Fox Family who gave part of the garden for
public enjoyment at the end of the Second World War. Packet Ship
Captains who travelled the globe brought back many exotic plants
from Australia, New Zealand and South America which have been successfully
introduced to the mild Cornish climate, including Lemon, Banana
and Eucalyptus Trees, Bamboos, Agaves and a wide variety of Palms.
Queen Mary Gardens
Established in 1912 by a generous benefactor, the Honourable Agnes
Mary Goldman. Originally known as Kimberley Marshes, the site was
once a river mouth which silted up after the development of the
shingle bar now known as Gyllyngvase Beach. The gardens were refurbished
in 1992, providing a revitalising splash of colour to a seascape
background with their high quality summer bedding schemes on display
from June to September.
These unique and formal gardens, adjacent to the Princess Pavilion
Theatre surround a superb period centre piece -the Victorian Bandstand.
The gardens form an excellent backdrop for outdoor events such as
band concerts, garden fetes and the annual Falmouth Spring Flower
Show and the Pelargonium Show. Notably Falmouth's finest formal
gardens, Gyllyngdune offers an excellent display of bedding plants,
flower towers and hanging baskets during the summer months. A delightful
stroll along Gyllyngdune's grotto walkway leads you to Falmouth's
These gardens pre-date 1877 and are named after the Earl of Kimberley,
who leases the Park to the Borough of Falmouth. The seven acre site
is the home to many fine ornamental trees and the flower beds have
assisted with the many awards that have been won in the Falmouth
Britain in Bloom Competitions. A tree planting programme to help
protect the heritage of Falmouth has produced a green oasis to be