50. Discover Lost Gardens

50. Discover Lost Gardens

Where: St Austell (23 miles from Trevella Park)

The amazing Lost Gardens of Heligan is a pioneering project to bring back the former glories of Victorian Productive Gardens, formal Pleasure Gardens and a sub-tropical Jungle that were once the pride of this mysterious Cornish estate.

The 200-acre gardens reached their glorious peak at the end of the 19th century, but only a few years later were left to decline and grow over, with impenetrable brambles and gorse taking hold.

Yet the discovery of a tiny room that once played host to the men and women who tended the gardens with such dedication fired the imagination of a new group who made it their mission to restore the Lost Gardens and tell the stories of those who first made the gardens great.

Today, we can see how the gardens once met almost all the needs of the Tremayne family who owned the estate. The productive gardens have more than 200 varieties of fruit, vegetable, salad and herbs; the Pleasure Grounds are filled with romantic structures and unexpected features, while the luxuriant jungle foliage features exotic plantings and inspiring views, with a raised boardwalk snaking across ponds, past banana plantations and through tunnels of towering bamboo.

More information at: www.heligan.com

 

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