These gardens near Mevagissey in Cornwall are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The gardens were created by the Cornish Tremayne family over a period from the mid-18th century up to the biginning of the 20th century and still form part of the family's Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War and only restored in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several television programmes and books. The garden now boasts a fabulous collection of aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over 100 years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking sub-tropical fern trees called "the Jungle". The gardens also have Europe's only remaining pineapple pit warmed by rotting manure and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the "Mud Maid" and "Giant's Head". I'm not really a "greenfinger" type but this lot took my breath away and not just because of all the uphill walking! A must-see for any visitors in the area.
And, Dave, I know I spelt "beginning" as "biginning" but I ain't typing all that again!!! HaHaHa!
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