One of my favourite gardens so far is - The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan were created by members of the Cornish Tremayne family, over a period from the mid-18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, and still form part of the family’s Heligan estate. The gardens were neglected after the First World War, and only restored in the 1990s.
A beautiful(!) amazing collections of Rhododendrons and Camellias, but the place is mostly famous for its human statues covered with vegetation. The Giant’s head is my favourite!
What a wonderful place!
We really enjoyed exploring the grounds.
There is so much to see that even in 5 hours there are still places we did not get to see.
There are so much wildlife and so many hidden little areas that are gems in themselves that it would take a couple of days to find them all - simply breathtaking and provided lots of magical views including some black pigs rooting in the mud.
I loved the details and multiple atmospheres of the garden. You can switch from a classic forrest to a Jungle full of ferns with little ponds, and from a British farm to a fairytale landscape!
The Heligan garden has the great ability to absorb a lot of visitors and still not feel crowded - on a beautiful summer day there were plenty places of peaceful solitude.
The Lost Garden of Heligan blog - http://lostgardensofheligan.blogspot.co.uk/search?updated-max=2014-01-22T02:21:00-08:00&max-results=7&start=7&by-date=false
Official website: http://www.heligan.com/