Edited 6th April 2020
From the bristly dunes to the tropically-inspired swimming pool, to the living roofs, great gardens are in our roots. Lucky enough to be situated on the North Cornish coast overlooking the rugged cliffs of Mawgan Porth, hardy coastal plants add evergreen to wintery seascapes.
Head gardener Rosie has been working for Red Hotels since 2015, she started in the restaurant but with a passion for planting became a full-time member of our Gardening team by 2017. Rosie can often be found by the outdoor swimming pools and loves the colourful and tropical plants that we are able to grow there, many of them native to Cornwall, they add a little oasis to this coastal paradise.
Keeping true to our environmental ethos we try to choose materials for the gardens that are either sourced locally, reused or upcycled, you’ll find plant pots that have been made from upcycled tyres and even an old water slide. Wood chippings come from a local tree surgeon, a local horse stable provides manure and the sand for the dunes from the Camel Estuary.
When planting, our garden team also consider how to support the ecosystem and will often choose insect-friendly plants but will leave some areas to grow long to help encourage wildlife, such as bees and butterflies. They’ll also choose a mixture of biannual, annual and perianal plants, so that they flower at different times in the beds keeping them looking nice and colourful throughout the year.
Complimentary to our garden team is our Spa Gardener Leon, who looks after the Sensory Spa Garden, where you’ll find all sorts of plants from the vivid bird of paradise flower to the herbs that compliment the experience and enrich the senses. If you’ve ever experienced the Spa Garden you’ll also know that Leon uses the garden herbs as an apothecary to create some of the seasonal skin scrubs.
If you’re ever visiting Cornwall there are also some wonderful gardens that are well worth the visit, our favourites are the Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project and Trelissick.