The Lost Gardens of Heligan

158 The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gar­dens of Heli­gan, near Mevagis­sey in Corn­wall, are one of the most pop­u­lar botan­i­cal gar­dens in the UK. The style of the gar­dens is typ­i­cal of the nine­teenth cen­tury Gar­de­nesque 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 Heli­gan estate. 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 pro­grammes and books.

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