One of the highlights of our recent stay in Cornwall, UK was a visit to the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
I imagine that most of my British followers will know the amazing story of how the abandoned and forgotten gardens were discovered by Tim Smit and John Willis (a descendent of Samuel Tremayne who purchased Heligan in 1569), after the devastating hurricane of 1990.
|Fruit such as melons, grapes and peaches|
were cultivated for the Heligan table
We joined the guided walking tour through the Northern Garden and these photographs were all taken in the walled garden of the Victorian Productive Gardens.
|potted plants "resting"|
inside one of the many glasshouses
There is so much to see at Heligan that I decided to devote a blog post to each of the special areas of interest.
| herbs planted close to an ancient stone building|
where garden tools are housed
onions and shallots hung against the wall
a wheelbarrow full of leeks
ready to go to the restaurant kitchen
(source Heligan website.)
Many of the gardeners, who's names were listed there, were never to return from the Great War.
|seedlings and sensitive plants are "brought on"|
in the large glass frames
The Productive Gardens at Heligan have been restored to reflect the workings of a Victorian garden before the First World War. We remain true to this period in our cropping plan, growing only heritage varieties and cultivating the soil by hand. The garden is fully productive throughout the year and there is a constant supply of produce ready for harvest. This is taken to our restaurant on a daily basis in much the same way that it would have been given to the cook at Heligan House a hundred years ago.
|gourds and succulents sit in a shadowy, cool glasshouse|
If you have enjoyed this virtual tour of the walled kitchen garden at Heligan and want to learn more about this amazing place all you need do is click here to visit the Heligan website and here to learn about it's chequered history.
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