Cornish favourites: The Lost Gardens of Heligan Part I

As the weather down here continues to be gruesome there will be no walks in gardens happening for a while. Some of you may have seen my recent night walk in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, but you might not have been around when I wrote about them back in June 2014 when I visited during the daylight hours. Some of the photos might seem familiar as it appears I took very similar shots in the dark!

Happy Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

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Earth laughs in flowers

One of the gardens in Cornwall that I have wanted to visit for some years is The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Home to the Tremayne family for over 400 ย years between 1770 and 1914 four generations created a thriving, almost self-sufficient community. After the Great War the estate fell into disrepair and decades of neglect together with the storm of 1990 should have seen the end. The derelict gardens were discovered by Tim Smit and John Willis (Tremayne descendant) in 1990 and in a tiny room in one of the walled gardens the reason for it demise was found.ย A motto etched into the limestone walls in barely legible pencil still reads โ€œDonโ€™t come here to sleep or slumberโ€ with the names of those who worked there signed under the date โ€“ August 1914.

Finally, this year, 2014 the centenary of World War 1, I managed to getโ€ฆ

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. beetleypete says:

    Another one I missed.
    Nice reblog on a dull and dismal day, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Dull and dismal and wet and windy Pete. I have had enough!

      1. beetleypete says:

        Surely not? You will end up as bad as me! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

        1. Heyjude says:

          I think I am a lot like you!

  2. restlessjo says:

    I’m going to have to spend some time working out how I can make this happen! I have all summer, don’t I, but obviously don’t want to be there in peak season. My year is totally up in the clouds at present. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Saturday!

    1. Heyjude says:

      As I said to Sue, you can share my photos. Save you the long drive ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. restlessjo says:

        Lovely, but not quite the same. I want to do St. Michael’s Mount and the eco bubble too. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          Spring is a good time to be down here. Usually.

        2. restlessjo says:

          We just watched the forecast- rain approaching you again for tomorrow and I said to Mick, ‘she would move to tropical Cornwall’. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

        3. Heyjude says:

          Funny, but there is more water dripping into the conservatory now and it is not raining! Obviously pooling somewhere. And yes, I saw that forecast. We were supposed to have sun today, but it only arrived as it was setting!

      2. Lucid Gypsy says:

        JUDE! don’t put her off from coming down!

        1. Heyjude says:

          We need to get a cottage for a few days on Dartmoor ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. Lucid Gypsy says:

          That’s an interesting idea!

        3. Heyjude says:

          I do get them now and then ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Sue says:

    Aha, I see I commented back then ‘Thanks for the tour, Judeโ€ฆ.I have been meaning to visit for years, but itโ€™s still on the โ€˜oh, one day!โ€™ listโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ™‚’….. Still haven’t made it!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well you can share my photos Sue. I’ll probably return this year in summer to see what goes on then.

      1. Sue says:

        Look forward to your post!

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