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Cornwall Adventures - Discovering the Lost Gardens of Heligan

So many gardens to visit and so little time, this was the dilemma I faced on my holiday to Cornwall. Such a large choice of historic houses, ruins and gardens to enjoy. Top of the list though was a visit to  the Lost Gardens of Heligan. 


Mangnolia - Heligan Northern Garden
Mangnolia - Heligan Northern Garden

Heligan Northern Gardens
Heligan Northern Gardens
A visit to Heligan unearths a garden that was lost and left to ruin during the years 1914 - 1990, it was then rediscovered and lovingly restored to the splendour you can explore today.  Just a five minute drive from the hotel, my sister and I arrive just as the doors were opening and the sun was coming out.  Along with our cameras, pictures are the best way for me to share my visit with you. Are you prepared for some serious garden envy?
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Heligan consists of the Northern Gardens, Jungle Gardens and the wider estate.  The Northern Gardens are 18 acres of Productive Gardens. I get quite giddy looking at greenhouses, fruit and vegetable plants - that must be the 'grow your own' gardener in me. Whilst the  Pleasure Gardens are filled with plants from all over the world, huge Rhododendrons, ferns and an abundance of Tulips in bloom. There is a gradient to this part of the garden, though there are plenty of benches to sit and rest, and of course to enjoy the view.


Containers of Tulips
Containers of Tulips around Heligan
were displayed with good effect 

Heligan's Italian Sunken Garden
Heligan's Italian Sunken Garden
Now the Jungle Gardens, I am afraid I can not tell you much about them. Located in a steep sided valley, whilst I may have made it down to them (bench breaks permitted) I would not have made it back up. So sadly had to miss them out. On a positive note in the conservatory at Heligan they have an armchair tour set up on a large screen, for those of us not physically able to visit all areas. I watched this whilst enjoying a lovely strawberry ice-cream.


Victorian Heated Greenhouse
Victorian Heated Greenhouse

Victorian Walled Garden
Walled Garden and me!

Plum Shropshire Prune
A little bit of Shropshire in Cornwall

Impressive Cold Frames
Impressive Cold Frames

Where ever you visit at Heligan you will not be short of company, there was a bird around every corner. Doves, blackbirds, robins and finches to name just a few.

I can thoroughly recommend the shop and restaurant, the food was excellent and was very popular with locals also enjoying a Sunday roast.


Robin - Birds at Heligan
Robin 

Tulips in  the Italian Sunken Garden
Tulips in  the Italian Sunken Garden

Heligan's Italian Sunken Garden
Heligan's Italian Sunken Garden

For me Heligan is a must visit for any garden lover planning a visit to Cornwall. I am most envious of those living locally to Heligan, you get to enjoy the garden all year round. I found the Heligan Timeline a fascinating  read, covering its history from 1200's to present day.

Do you have a favourite place to visit in Cornwall?
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3 comments:

  1. I just love spring-time. Magnolia blossom is just the best, though so short lived (our stellata flowers have now just about finished). I've just stumbled across your blog, and am liking the look of your bakes x
    Angela x

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  2. It has been some years since we visited Heligan and it looks as though it has only gone from strength to strength since. So lovely to see it again and to hear that you had a good time! xx

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  3. I love Cornwall though I haven't visited the Lost Gardens, need to plan a visit down there as it looks beautiful from your photos.

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