The Lost Gardens of Heligan, near Mevagissey, are one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. 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.
Their contemporary focus is to work with nature, accepting and respecting it and protecting and enhancing the variety of habitats with which their project is endowed.
The gardens are open daily all year round (except Christmas eve and day) and welcome well-behaved dogs on leads.