At one time Heligan was a large country estate with magnificent gardens and grounds tended by a team of experienced gardeners. With the onset of World War One all the gardeners were called up to fight in the battlefields. Tragically, the gardeners were killed in battle and subsequently the gardens fell into disrepair for many years, forgotten for generations.
In 1990 Tim Smit discovered the derelict gardens and a project to restore them to their former glory began. Today there are woodland and lakeside walks as well as a national collection of rhododendrons and camellias. One of the most interesting parts of the gardens are where the vegetables were grown and many traditional varieties and methods are used in Heligan. The Victorian pineapple pits are fascinating to see. This is a beautiful garden to explore and a very special place to spend time enjoying the colours of the plants and the traditional ways of gardening brought back to life.