Lost Gardens of Heligan

A visit to these gardens in good weather is a must for the visitor to Cornwall in good weather. Located in mid-cornwall, near St Austell, this historic garden first caught my eye on the original channel 4 series, documenting the restoration from an overgrown ruin, to a truly inspirational garden.

The history of the garden is well covered on the heligan web site www.heligan.com .  in brief Heligan garden was planted in 1766 around the previously built manor house, by the Tremayne family. Then during the first and second  world wars the house was used for various military activities, and tenanted out.  Thus the garden fell into disrepair until re-discovered in 1990, and the restoration commenced.

One of the main attractions for the gardener has to be the amazing walled vegetable gardens, growing a huge variety of heritage plants. One the gardens claims to fame is the growing of pineapples using traditional methods.  The garden is divided into a series of rooms,   with formal and informal planting.

Beyond the gardens there is a wood and jungle garden, planted with exotic tree ferns, bananas, and palm trees.

Back inside there is a farm shop, excellent cafe, serving good with the produce grown at the gardens, and a well stocked visitor shop with plenty of gardening books and accessories.

If you’re interested in gardening and history then I strongly recommend that you take a visit to these gardens.  Check out out Heligan posts for the latest.


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