Twining Vine ~ Heligan

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

At the end of the nineteenth century its thousand acres were at their zenith, but only a few years later bramble and ivy were already drawing a green veil over this “Sleeping Beauty”. After decades of neglect, the devastating hurricane of 1990 should have consigned the Lost Gardens of Heligan to a footnote in history. Instead, events conspired to bring us here and the romance of their decay took a hold on our imaginations. Our discovery of a tiny room, buried under fallen masonry in the corner of one of the walled gardens, was to unlock the secret of their demise. A motto etched into the limestone walls in barely legible pencil still reads “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber” with the names of those who worked there signed under the date – August 1914. We were fired by a magnificent obsession to bring these once glorious gardens back to life in every sense and to tell, for the first time, not tales of lords and ladies but of those “ordinary” people who had made these gardens great.

We have now established a large working team with its own vision for our third decade. The award-winning garden restoration is already internationally acclaimed; but our lease now extends into well over 300 acres of the Wider Estate, leaving the project far from complete. We intend Heligan to remain a living and working example of the best of past practice, offering public access into the heart of what we do.

Our contemporary focus is to work with nature, accepting and respecting it and protecting and enhancing the variety of habitats with which our project is endowed.

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Comments (13)

Klaus Hoyer on July 9, 2013

Beautiful greenhouse, like me, many greetings to you Like

Rosalyn Hilborne on July 9, 2013


These have all been restored after falling into disrepair. Thanks for your like.

Best wishes, Rosa.

Jutta Pohlers on July 9, 2013

Schöne Aufnahme und gute Erklärung schön das es wieder Renoviert wurde Like Grüße Jutta

Richard Gregory 48 on July 9, 2013

I'm getting a new greenhouse soon, i do hope it's as big as this one :-))..great info again Rosa..Like..Regards Richard

Rosalyn Hilborne on July 9, 2013

jutt@pohlers, Thank you Jutta. They have done a fine job. Best wishes, Rosa.

linrich, you would be able to go into business if it's this big Richard :) Thanks for like. Regards, Rosa.

Andy Rodker on July 9, 2013

Good shot and nicely helped along with Tim Smit's description. like Best wishes, Andy

Rosalyn Hilborne on July 10, 2013

Andy Rodker

Thanks Andy. Yes, he has a way with words as well as plants :) Best wishes, Rosa.

Leif Fielstrup Guldb… on July 10, 2013

Very beautiful greenhouse, and you got this indoor photo selected for Google Earth, well done. Like4.

Best regards, Leif.

Rosalyn Hilborne on July 10, 2013

Leif Fielstrup Guldb…

I was very surprised myself that it was selected!! Thank you for all your kind comments.

Best regards, Rosa.

K@rin on July 25, 2013

Excellent image ! lovely feel to it and nicely composed with lines and depth

and I visited this too .. and as I remember it correctly Tim is a Dutch man who has restored this garden , YSL , best wishes Karin

Rosalyn Hilborne on July 25, 2013


Yes, that is right Sir Tim Smit! He also owns and is behind the Eden Project which I have not yet is on my ever growing list :) Many thanks for the YSL. Best wishes to you. Rosa.

K@rin on July 25, 2013

HI Rosa , Just saw yr reply popping up , we went to Eden than also it was recently opened than and really fascinating , I think through the years the gardens will have become more mature also in the wonderful glassdomes, Erik has been there last year and uploaded some photo;s of it :) , happy evening/weekend .. I will be gone again for a few days :)

Rosalyn Hilborne on July 25, 2013


Hi Karin, I would like to go there. It has recently been extended I hear. I must not leave it too long! Hope you have a great few days Karin and that the weather holds for you. Best regards, Rosa.

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  • Uploaded on July 8, 2013
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    by Rosalyn Hilborne
    • Taken on 2013/06/30 13:10:56
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 32.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash