A few day ago we had the opportunity to visit The Lost Gardens Of Heligan in Cornwall, UK for the afternoon Free. These beautiful gardens are around half an hours drive from were we live and I am so embarrassed to say that I have lived in Cornwall all my life and have never visited until now.
The Lost Gardens Of Heligan was part of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years, is now of the most mysterious estates in England. This is due to the gardens being aloud to go to ruin in the nineteenth century and damaged caused to some of the buildings through out the garden by a devastating hurricane of 1990.
But thank fully after the death of Jack Tremayne, the Heligan estate came under the ownership of a trust to the benefit of several members of the extended Tremayne family. One of these, John Willis, lived in the area and was responsible for introducing record producer Tim Smit to the gardens. He and a group of fellow enthusiasts decided to restore the garden to its former glory, and eventually leased them from the Tremayne family.
When we arrived at the gardens we was greeted by a pair of old workman boots planted up with a selection of fern plants and the smell of home cooked fresh food from the Heligan restaurant. But we tempted our self away from the smell of food and headed to the green which is filled with Rhododendron bushes and lovely primroses were we settled down for our picnic. This green was enchanting and and I could of easily sat there all day taking in the the quiet yet thought provoking scenery. But as we only had a limited time once we had finished our picnic we went on a further explore of the gardens.
On every turn of these gardens you are met with another breath taking surprise and a truly magnificent Victorian design of the gardens. The vegetable garden is full of arch ways made by trees and lovely scarecrow in the middle of one of the vegetable patches. Then around the next corner the little fountain garden with with scented haven garden house to enjoy the view of the fountain in all its glory.
Through out the gardens are these white dove houses and enchant trees to play peek a bow and explore around. Which we enjoyed creating story’s and games around. Down in the Horsemoor hide you could watch the local wildlife and catch up on your bird watching skills. In the hind they also had a monitor screening live pictures from the barn owl nest. We were lucky enough to see the bard owls with several chicks on our visit.
Although we did not have time to look around the whole estate we had loads of fun learning about the different gardens we did see and brought home some ideas for our own garden. This is one place I wish I had visited before and I will most defiantly be bringing my family back to for a whole day visit.
If you are ever on holiday in Cornwall UK, I highly recommend you visit The Lost Gardens Of Heligan and I can assure you, you wont be disappointed.