The Lost Gardens of Heligan are amongst the most famous and popular of Cornish gardens for visitors.
The 200 acres languished after the 1914-18 war, which killed many of the gardeners and also the enthusiasm of the Tremayne family to try and preserve t hem. So the brambles, ivy, bindweed and other non garden plants took over. The great house was only re-developed as apartments in the 1970’s and then the gardens were re-discovered in the 1980’s.
Heligan has been one of Europe’s biggest garden renovation projects since 1990. There are now a lovely open area with stunning camellias and rhododendrons, a wonderful walled vegetable garden with espaliered fruit trees, a melon yard and a restored pineapple house, bee hives, a farm and of course also a farm shop, tea rooms and a regular series of seasonal events to educate, entertain and inspire people. The restoration work continues.
The Natural Fibre Company spins the wool from the rare breed sheep on the Heligan farm to make garden twine, which is used around the gardens and sold in the shop.
The inspiration for our colour is the Jungle where tree ferns, bamboo and other amazing plants grow in a steep valley with a stream and pools, edged with wooden walkways and bridged by a Burmese rope bridge. The valley acts as a micro climate, up to 5 degrees warmer than the northern garden, so enables this to be an outdoor jungle well to the north of the Equator.