Despite being one of the most 'found' gardens in Britain, Heligan retains the cachet of having been made famous by a book and a TV series on 'The Lost Gardens of Heligan'. It was a romantic name for a place which fell into decline during and after the First World War and has progressively been reclaimed since 1991 through a large scale restoration. The restored vegetable garden is excellent; the 'Jungle', a valley of sub-tropical plants, is dramatic; the 'Lost Valley' has grandeur of scale. Heligan has other interesting features, including a rockery known as The Ravine, a grotto, a wishing well, an Italian garden and other curiousities. On a surprisingly large scale, it is a prime example of a High Victorian Mixed Style garden design. The planting of the Himalayan Woodland Valley Garden is Gardenesque.
Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall, England, PL26 6EN
Yes. See Heligan website for opening details (link below)