Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Lost Gardens of Helligan, Cornwall

I have always wanted to visit Heligan since I watched a TV series on the restoration some years ago.
The estate has been in the Tremayne family for over 4 centuries.
The original 'lost gardens' were only discovered in 1990 and all that you see today has been restored since then.

The Mud Woman - just one of several quirky bits on the way in

There is much of interest in this garden but it was The Jungle that was the attraction for us
but first lunch in their great restaurant where everything is grown here, or bought in locally

It is situated on, and at the bottom of two steep hillsides and has it's own climate

There were steps in places but much of it was steep paths amongst the vegetation

To think that this has all been planted/restored in 24 years is incredible

Well this was scary

Obviously I could not photograph it all and we had a very long and steep walk back to the restaurant area by which time I felt I could not walk another step
However after some strong tea and a short rest I felt recovered enough to visit another cove close by which I will cover in my next post


Elizabethd said...

Our first visit there was just after it opened. How it has changed now!

Needled Mom said...

Those rope bridges give me real fears. As well, they are difficult to navigate. It looks like it was a great place to wander through some wonderful gardens.

Lorrie said...

It looks so tropical. Perhaps that's a fact of the microclimate there. The rope bridge reminds me of the jungle, too.

Terri said...

Plants grow really well in England. Even exotic things from other climates. It's the cool rainy climate you have there. Thanks for sharing the jungle. I'm off to start up some little plants for Halloween.

Vee said...

You are brave to cross that bridge! Did it move a lot? The lady in mud was very interesting. I especially like her hair.

Janneke said...

I have the book 'The lost gardens of Helligan'. Thank you for showing us these beautiful pictures, it's like a jungle.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this tour Barbara. The plants are amazing and you are very brave to be on that bridge. I think I would need a very strong tea too if I had walked on those ropes hanging in the air.

Anonymous said...

I applaud you on your strength and perseverance to get around. I confess, I would have stayed in the level areas and then enjoyed the restaurant . . . for a long, leisurely time.

Scriptor Senex said...

Thanks for taking us with you. I saw that programme on the restoration (or a programme) and have always wanted to visit the gardens since then. I too was especially keen to see the jungle so if I never make it at least I'll have been there with you.

Connie said...

Wow! That garden is unbelievable. Palm trees in UK, I never would have thought that possible. There is one shot where you see two people on the path and what looks like a giant rhubarb plant. Do you know what that plant was?
Thanks for sharing your adventure . . . I had a marvelous time looking through your photos.
Connie :)