November 4, 2012

THE LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN

It may have been pouring with rain but that wasn’t going to stop me from visiting one of our provenance suppliers, The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.

I had heard so much about the history and story behind the iconic Victorian productive gardens, but word of mouth had not prepared me for all of its beauty and magic.

After decades of neglect, the founders stumbled across a tiny room, buried under fallen masonry where they found an etching reading “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber”, with the names of those who worked there, dated August 1914. This fairy-tale like discovery compelled them to bring the gardens back to life and today they have made their vision a reality. Heligan, now an award winning garden, grows over 200 varieties of heritage fruits, vegetables and herbs.

Walking leisurely around Heligan heaven I learnt more about the history of The Lost Gardens and was delighted to discover elderflower hedges and gooseberry’s which we source for our Summer Rising Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion.

There is certainly something for everyone at Heligan, from those who want to spend a day getting lost in the gardens and clambering around the jungle, to those who want to enjoy the café, sitting back and taking in the tranquillity and peace of its surroundings, or even those, who like me were intrigued by what secrets I would find buried in the depths of the gardens. The most captivating image I saw on our walk was a sculpture of a woman lying down on her side made from sheer mud and grass.

I absolutely recommend visiting, it was fantastic and I wish I had more time on my hands to soak up the atmosphere and peaceful serenity of it all. I had a wonderful day and now know the secret’s that are buried within Heligan and would highly recommend you to discover the secrets too!

Lost Gardens of Heligan www.heligan.com

Yasmine Faheem
Sales Associate

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