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Picture: digging done at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Picture: digging done at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

‘Come my spade. There is no ancient gentlemen but gardeners, ditchers and grave-makers; they hold up Adam’s profession.’

William Shakespeare – Hamlet

Picpost: Hotel Heligan

‘Work is nearing completion on our new insect hotel which is located on our Georgian Ride! This fantastic structure has been built using a variety of natural materials and will attract various Heligan insects such as solitary bees, earwigs, spiders, lady bird, maybe the odd toad and much much more!’  The Lost Gardens of Heligan


The Lost Gardens of Heligan  (meaning ‘willow tree garden’ in cornish), near Mevagissey, Cornwall  are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The garden is typical of the nineteenth century Gardanesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.

The gardens were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family’s estate. The gardens were neglected after the 1st World War, and restored only in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.

The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a 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”. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head (see pic).

Source: Wikipedia

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