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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Cornwall, Day 10: The Lost Gardens of Heligan - The Other Gardens














Heligan isn't just the kitchen gardens - it was an estate, so has plenty of ornamental gardens, and wild space.   There's a section called the Jungle that's stuck inside a steep walled valley, so it's got a warmer microclimate than the gardens near the house.    During Victorian times, it was planted with tree ferns and other exotics brought in by plant hunters.    Quite a bit of that was still intact when the gardens were restored.   One of the more amusing plants down there is the giant rhubarb - you can see it above in the picture with my mother and sister, for scale.

You can easily spend a day at Heligan and not see everything.   It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.

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