Lecture 3: Hardy Exotics: The History and Art of Cornish Gardens and Houses Part 2 Course
Tregrehan Gardens (Par )- The Lost Gardens of Heligan, (St. Austell)
This is the third lecture in a series of 6 by Catherine Wallace on the History of Cornish Gardens. Described as ‘The Arboretum of Tregrehan’ in c.1914 by W.J.Bean from Kew Gardens, this hidden gem of a garden has been lovingly cared for and developed by members of the Carlyon family since the 16th century. Not only home to many of Cornwall’s ‘Champion Trees,’ Tregrehan has extensive greenhouses and a walled garden which rival its neighbour the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Now world famous, the restoration of the Heligan gardens near St. Austell in the early 1990s has set a precedent for rediscovering lost gardens everywhere. In spring it features its National collection of camelias, azaleas and rhododendrons. But its speciality largely due to an army of volunteers, is its walled gardens and glasshouses which are dedicated to growing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers recreating a working garden of the Victorian era. It also has a farm with rare breed animals and a Sub-tropical jungle valley.