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.

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.

We're Back!

Welcome back to the Lost Gardens Blog we’ve been away for a while but we’re now able to resume our full service!

I’d like to introduce myself as Iain Davies. I’ve recently become the Head of Gardens and Estate at Heligan for which I’m delighted!
It is a very exciting time to have started here as we celebrate our 25th anniversary since discovery.

We will bring to you regular updates of all the developments and good things happening here at Heligan. 
We will definitely share our delights at the season’s progress.

Hopefully we will see you over the course of the year.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

It’s a little quiet around here.

As you may have noticed we haven’t updated our blog for a while. We’re really sorry about this but a few staffing changes have left us without a blog writer.

With a new website on the horizon, we hope to be able to launch a new blog within the next few months.
In the meantime you can stay up to date with general Heligan news through Facebook and Twitter pages as well as our main website which can be found at Heligan.com.