Heligan Gardens – A great day out and a fascinating history

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Heligan Gardens

The gardens were created by the Cornish Tremayne family during the 18th century to the 20th century.

The gardens were neglected after the First World War and only restored in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programs and books.

The gardens host a fabulous collection of a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over one hundred years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking sub-tropical tree ferns called “The Jungle”.

Heligan Gardens

Wildflower Meadow

The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure.

For more information on the Lost Gardens of Heligan and their projects.

Amazon has a large selection of books on the Gardens of Cornwall. Several that cover all the gardens and others that are specific to a particular Garden.   You can see more books on the Lost Gardens of  Gardens here.

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