Monday, 19 August 2013

The Lost Garden of Heligan

Today we drove to have a look through the Lost Garden of Heligan the gardens that have become famous for having the mud maid within it, photos of which has been spread through the internet worldwide, it was wonderful to see this creative artwork in person.

Voted favourite garden by BBC Heligan offers over 200 acres for exploration. Discover the Victorian Productive Gardens, romantic Pleasure Grounds, lush sub-tropical Jungle, pioneering Wildlife Project & beyond.. Local bee expert Harold Stamper joins Heligan bee lady Laurren in saving a colony of bees who’s home became exposed after an old oak in the Jungle came down. Harold and Laurren safely removed the queen and all her drones and relocated them within Heligan’s 200 acre estate. 

First laid out over 200 years ago, the Pleasure Grounds conceal an unusual range of romantic structures and unexpected features, linked by a network of walks lined by a magnificent collection of historic plantings. The ancient rhododendron boughs of Sikkim are beside Maori-carved tree ferns in New Zealand there is also an Italian Garden and Alpine-inspired Ravine. With historic plantings over 150 years old, the Pleasure Grounds are also home to the National Collection of ‘Camellias and Rhododendrons introduced to Heligan pre-1920’. Within the 80 acres of ancient woodland at Heligan there is the Giant’s Head, Mudmaid and Grey Lady along Woodland Walk. This sheltered path comes to life as these woodland sculptures reveal themselves, emerging silently from the beautiful natural landscape. Lost Valley is a peaceful home to ancient trees, a carpet of bluebells in spring and the traditional practice of charcoal burning. Two tranquil lakes in Lost Valley, stocked with a healthy supply of sticklebacks and rudd, offer the perfect spot for the Heligan otter and over-wintering kingfishers.

The Giants Head

The Mud Maid

An Insect Hotel

The Apple Orchard

Bee Boles the precursor to the moveable beehive. Bees kept in straw structures called Skeps that were placed in the recesses.

An Apple Arch

13th Century Well

18th Century Crystal Grotto where crystals were set in the roof and shone when candles were lit in the evening.

Cornfield Annual Flowers

Chasm Waterfall

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