The Lost Gardens of Heligan Mevagissey Reviews
Fortunately found again and brilliantly restored. Nov 11, 2010
How can a garden be lost? Sadly it's only too easy. During the 1914 - 18 war, the gardeners of the Heligan Estate were enlisted. Left without attention the great estate decayed and was swamped by unwanted vegetation.
If you are interested in the history and restoration of a major lost garden, it is worth while looking at http://www.heligan.com/press-releases/press-release/a-cornish-treasure-20-years-on1/
The gardens now are some of the most popular in England and I have nobody who has been who fails to rave about them. The intention was to restore the estate to its former glory and since only 1990 that is what has happened.
The estate provided all that the family and their many servants needed to eat, as well as having fabulous flower and jungle areas for the guests to enjoy. Now the concern is to recreate the Home farm as it was.
Many visitors from other parts of England are astonished that pineapples can be grown there in pits of something donated by horses. All are transfixed by the jungle area and its banana trees.
If you are interested but can't see yourself being able to visit, try to read 'The Lost Gardens of Heligan' by Tim Smit (sic), the principal restorer.
Part of the list Land of my Birth - Devon and Cornwall
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