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Catriona 
Posted: 13-Jul-2004, 07:53 AM
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These gardens are near Mevagissey in Cornwall.

Tim Smits discovered the gardens which had reverted to nature after so many of the gardeners had not come back from the First World War. The main house was still lived in, but the extensive gardens had gone to wrack and ruin.

The bringing to life of these gardens has been a revelation. The BBC made a couple of TV series regarding the rescue of the gardens. I haven't been for 2 years, but will go in September this year. Every visit reveals something new...

Here's the official website - the virtual tour part of the site is really good
http://www.heligan.com/
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Posted: 13-Jul-2004, 09:15 AM
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Those gardens are absolutely enchanting. I got lost in the virtual tour. One more place to add to my list of things to do in Cornwall..


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Posted: 13-Jul-2004, 09:36 AM
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I have been visiting there for about 10 years - the changes have been amazing. At one time there was only one small part of the old vegetable garden and greenhouses which had been 'cleared'... the views from the top of the valley (most of the gardens are in a steep valley) across farmland down to the seaside harbour of Mevagissey is wonderful.

Can't wait to get down there again - our boat is kept at a nearby cove.
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