About The Lost Gardens

Heligan offers over 200 acres for exploration, including Victorian Productive Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, a sub-tropical Jungle, walks through ancient woodland and beautiful Cornish countryside, and the Wildlife Project allowing visitors an intimate view of native wildlife.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan are open daily all year round from 10am.
Visit www.heligan.com for further information.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Team Work

Over the past week, the entire team here at The Lost Gardens have worked together to change the entrance to the gardens. Wow what a difference this has made! The whole area now feels very open and inviting, giving a real sense of arrival at such a wonderful garden. 

We all love this transformation and hope you will too! Please come along and have a look at what we have been busy with...

Friday, 6 March 2015

The Flower Train

A bizarre experience to find yourself on a train to London helping put together a Cornish spring garden!

Well the team at Heligan pulled this off this week to announce that Spring was officially here in the county.

The Great Gardens of Cornwall with the Veteran Magnollia campbellii all had at least 50 blooms on their respective trees by Tuesday this week so we took the message to London.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb

It’s the time of year I long for a fresh crumble! Yet know the first forced Rhubarb is not far away.

The best way to force rhubarb is to do it in place, without disturbing the crown, while the plants are still dormant in late winter. The idea being to cover promising buds so that light is completely blocked and, ideally, warmth is introduced.We use our Rhubarb forcing pots for this. We then bank straw up against the pot to create a snug microclimate within. This year we are trialling a very old-fashioned historic technique of mounding fresh straw/ manure around the forcers which will provide a good source of heat. You can pack the straw directly around the buds inside the pot but slugs and snails tend to find that inviting!!

Friday, 6 February 2015

Knowing your Onions!

Over the last couple of weeks the never ending activity within the gardens continues at pace. It’s just nice to see the light levels increasing and the growth tips beginning to move. It is always a memory that I hold onto from my nursery days. Walking into a large glasshouse full of seedlings at this time of year and as the light levels changed the growth would change instantly. 

We have recently planted out some of our Onion crop and Garlic in the flower garden. These plants were grown on in our frames to initiate growth, the plants have then been transplanted into their final spaces and now offer a glimmer of the forthcoming season. We grow most of our Onions from seed, but these early plantings are from sets.  

Friday, 30 January 2015

Ravine in Motion!

Despite glimpses of Spring flowers and the weather throwing a bit of a seasonal burst at us….Activity has definitely continued at pace. Our main winter project to re discover our Ravine and enhance the area in general is well under way.
The gardens team are entrenched (literally) in this project, rebuilding the water features at present……
Please watch this space to follow these developments over the next few months. It really is something to look forward to.  

Thursday, 22 January 2015


There is a sense of anticipation around the gardens and estate as we all busy around in preparation for the start of spring. As we ensure the productive beds are fertile and ready for the season ahead, we look forward to its bounty.

This feeling for me it's captured by a wonderful old friend in full flower at present with the delightful common name of Sweet Breathe of Spring  (Lonicera fragrantissima). This shrubby honeysuckle is entertaining us in the Northern gardens at present with its highly fragrant flowers spreading an aroma across the the path to be enjoyed by all….

Thursday, 15 January 2015

We Had to Share This!

Camellia Gloire de Nantes. This Camellia is lovingly known as the Christmas Camellia due to the fact that it often blooms in December. Our beautiful specimen is really showing off at the moment at the entrance to Flora’s Green.