Exploring the gardens of Cornwall

Lost Gardens of Heligan: jungle ravineLost Gardens of Heligan: signpost

I’m currently holed-up in blustery, windswept, beautiful Cornwall. It’s my first trip to this pretty coastal county; it’s been on my must-visit list practically forever so when I received a rather exciting email asking me if I’d like to ‘explore the gardens of Cornwall’ and I immediately sent back a big, fat “yes please”.

So early this morning I settled into one of First Great Western‘s (reclining leather, very comfortable) first class seats, from where the 4.5 hour journey to St Austell simply flew by. After a quick lunch at our hotel (more on that soon) we headed out to explore the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

One of England’s most popular botanical gardens, Heligan has amassed some interesting stories during it’s 400-year history, including near-destruction and a huge restoration project during the 90s. It poured with rain during our entire 2-hour trip but, far from ruining our experience, this meant we got to really soak up the peace and quiet these stunning natural surroundings offer as well as the chance to stop and appreciate the obvious care and attention that goes into maintaining the 300-acre site.

Besides wandering the Jungle, Northern Gardens, Melon Yard, and fruit and vegetable plots, we of course explored the gift shop and stocked-up on some traditional, Heligon-made, Cornish fare – in my case apple cider, organic fudge and a little present for the boyfriend. So far, I’m loving Cornwall.

More from Cornwall soon but in the meantime I’ll be posting photos on Instagram (username: becky__colley) and don’t forget to enter my camera giveaway if you haven’t already!

Lost Gardens of Heligan: beeLost Gardens of Heligan: Cornish countrysideLost Gardens of Heligan: flowerbedLost Gardens of Heligan: scarecrowLost Gardens of Heligan: rose covered in raindropsLost Gardens of Heligan: melon gardenLost Gardens of Heligan: mud maidLost Gardens of Heligan: foxglovesLost Gardens of Heligan: greenhouseLost Gardens of Heligan: flowersLost Gardens of Heligan: apple arches

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  • http://stylebyladyg.com Geraldine Looker

    I adore gardens, love flowers. The pictures are beautiful and so inspiring, amazing colours! But I am absolutely bowled over by the scarecrow!

  • Claire

    WOW x

  • Linda

    Stunning! I love Cornwall, it’s so beautiful. Great pictures!

  • http://www.wonderfulandmarvelous.tumblr.com Andrea

    Beautiful pictures! The area looks absolutely wonderful. Perfect for strolling around.
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • http://geewrite.blogspot.com/ Simone

    Beautiful pictures! I am going there in September and I am already totally excited! We’ll rent a car and visit all the beautiful places! I can’t wait to see the gardens of Cornwall myself and until then I’ll follow your posts about it ;)

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  • Andrea

    Amazing photo’s I LOVE the “sleeping giant”. I will visit one day :) xx

  • http://www.heliganart.com Joanne Elks

    Saw your tweet about Heligan. Lovely, very familiar pics. Very impressive blog. If you’re at Heligan today, you must be very close to where I’m typing this; I live here! Hope you have a great day. :)

  • Angela Donava

    J’aime les photos!!!Super!

    Angela Donava

  • http://www.growinfashion.com Joana Gomes

    Really beautiful pictures. My favourite is the sleeping giant one, memorable. I’d love to visit Cornwall, keep reading about it and it’s making me curious..

  • http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com Kate {Something Fabulous}

    These are such pretty photos! I love gardens like these. x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}

  • http://ilikethatblog.com/ Liset

    I’ve never been to cornwall but it seems lovely on your pictures!

  • http://octobermiracle.com Caroline @ Octobermiracle.com

    Lovely pictures! I love visiting botanical gardens, they’re so peaceful. I’m glad you finally got to go on your trip. x

  • http://dressupwithlola.com Lola

    Your photos are GORGEOUS!! I love ‘em, especially the scarecrow x

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