Beautiful Ferns - Heligan


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204 views, 4 favourites, 29 September 2013
Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT OR AS WE MISSED IT! on 23 August 2013, in COLOR ME A RAINBOW! on 24 August 2013, in THE RAINBOW GROUP on 3 September 2013, in ART & DIS on 28 June 2016, in EARTH’S ALL NATURAL on 9 July 2016 and in ENGLAND, SOUTH AND SOUTH-WEST on 12 July 2016
Giant ferns growing in The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England. (Scroll down for more information.) Captured with my Canon PowerShot SX40 HS camera in Auto mode.

“The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Cornish: Lowarth Helygen, meaning willow tree garden), near *Mevagissey in Cornwall, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. The style of the gardens is typical of the nineteenth century Gardenesque style, with areas of different character and in different design styles.

The gardens 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 restored only in the 1990s, a restoration that was the subject of several popular television programmes and books.

The gardens now boast a fabulous collection of aged and colossal rhododendrons and camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over a hundred years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with primaeval-looking sub-tropical tree ferns called “The Jungle”. The gardens also have Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure, and two figures made from rocks and plants known as the Mud Maid and the Giant’s Head.

The place-name, properly pronounced ’h’LIG’n’,and not the commonly heard ‘HEL-i-gun’, is derived from the Cornish word helygen, ‘willow tree’."* (Wikipedia)

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