7 Tips to make the most of your visit to Antony Woodland Garden
Each season brings something different to the Antony Woodland Garden; from carpets of Snowdrops and Bluebells to beautiful, fragrant and imposing Magnolias and Camellias, you will indulge all your senses in a delectable feast that Mother Nature serves up in abundance.
As soon as you step into the Garden there is an immediate feeling of calm and tranquillity. The stress and pressure of daily life seems to simply lift and the ability to think clearly takes over, leaving you feeling happier and revitalised.
1. Breathe deeply
Boost your oxygen intake. Breathing deeply and slowly in a well-populated garden has been proven to boost your oxygen levels and therefore your feel-good factor.
2. Close your eyes
Let all your other senses take over by closing your eyes. Researchers at the University of Surrey have found that blocking off your vision helps to boost the ability to remember events more accurately and pick up on the emotions of others by focusing on a speaker’s voice, rather than their expression or gestures. Take some time to breathe deeply and close your eyes to really make the most of being at one with nature.
3. Take a picnic
Find a quiet spot and relax. There are plenty of secluded spots where you can sit and enjoy a picnic with the family, with only the sound of the birds and wildlife to keep you all company. The Garden is the perfect place to lie back, relax, close your eyes and find your peace.
Take time to learn about the plants, trees and shrubs whilst discovering their beauty. There are over six hundred different varieties of camellias all growing in an idyllic setting. They range from the graceful species Camellia tsaii to varieties of Camellia sasanqua, saluenensis, williamsii, reticulata and japonica. There is also a wonderful collection of nearly two hundred and fifty different types of magnolias and a good many other ornamental woody plants including hydrangeas and rhododendrons.
There’s no rush, no time restriction, no boundaries. Just stroll along at your leisure. There are no signs and no directions, just seemingly endless woodlands to meander through until you find your perfect picnic spot.
6. Capture the beauty
For artists, be they budding, amateur or professional, Antony Woodland Garden provides a perfect place for painting, drawing or photography. Trees, plants, shrubs, wildlife and birds all come together to provide, inspirational and ever-changing subjects.
7. Tea & Cake!
What is better than topping off a relaxing day with a spot of tea (or coffee), and homemade cake. Step into the Vintage Tea Room on your way out and indulge your taste buds with a cuppa and some of the delicious homemade cake on offer.
The overwhelming peace and tranquillity shouldn’t be under estimated. Losing yourself in Cornwall’s hidden Garden will have a lasting effect, helping you feel calm, happy and refreshed.