What is Heligan Gardens?
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are part of an exquisite horticultural history in Saint Austell, Cornwall. Development started in the 1200s, when Heligan Manor was first built. In 1569, Sampson Tremayne bought the estate and since then, the Tremayne family has been inextricably intertwined with Heligan. Between 1766 and 1914 the Heligan Gardens were developed; shelterbelts against southwest gales were planted, a pineapple pit was built, the Flower Garden and Melon Yard were shaped over several years. However, due to the outbreak of the First World War, the gardens were..
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.. neglected and forgotten. Heligan House was eventually used as a base by American troops during the Second World War. However, in 1990, a descendant of Tremayne rediscovered the derelict gardens and began restoration. All gardens have since been restored to their former glory, the pineapple pit has been renovated, a glasshouse has been acquired, the jungle boardwalk has been rebuilt completely, and so much more has been done. Heligan has won countless awards for tourism and horticultural achievements. You can spend days, weeks, months exploring. Tiny flowers, huge colourful trees, beautiful lakes, and incredible sculptures are waiting for you to discover them.