The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan


By (author) Tim Smit


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  • Publisher: Orion mass market paperback
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 26mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 8 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0575402458
  • ISBN 13: 9780575402454
  • Edition: 2
  • Illustrations note: 48pp colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 112,883

Product description

Until the First World War, the estate gardens at Heligan were one of the glories of Cornwall. Thereafter, through growing neglect, they slipped gradually to sleep. This is the amazing story of their rediscovery and restoration, or the Victorian vision and ingenuity which first created that subtropical paradise, and of the modern obsession and improvisation which recreated it.

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Author information

Tim Smit was born in 1954 and educated at Durham University. As well as the Lost Gardens of Heligan, he is the prime mover behind the hugely successful and world famous Eden Project, the major millennium-funded ecological/horticultural venture near St Austell.

Editorial reviews

The Tremayne family began a garden in the 1880s, creating a 150-acre sub-tropical garden in the heart of Cornwall. Tim Smit and his partner John Nelson uncovered the original garden and have wonderfully restored it to its initial splendour. (Kirkus UK)