The Lost Gardens of Heligan and The Eden Projecct are not far from where we are staying here in St Austell.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan had been lost to brambles and completely overgrown since the outbreak of WW1. In 1990 the largest garden restoration project in Europe began the mammoth task of uncovering the lost gardens. Today over 20 gardeners and estate workers maintain the garden and cultivate heritage plants and vegetables throughout the seasons.
The garden is divided into landscaped ‘rooms’ and this is the Italian garden.
The vegetable garden.
A few animals for the kids to enjoy.
And the beautiful flower garden.
The Eden Project offers quite a different experience.
Once a huge crater as a result of mining china clay, the garden has been established as a horticultural spectacle with the massive covered Biomes to show off the worlds most important plants.
The Rainforest Biome
The Mediterranean Biome
We were surprised to see an area dedicated to the South West area of Western Australia.
This is a photograph of the original site.
Both gardens were lovely and well worth a visit if you are in the area.