A+E to Heligan 2

Beez Neez now Chy Whella
Big Bear and Pepe Millard
Wed 6 Sep 2017 22:47
Andrew and Edward to The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Part Two 
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We turned left to explore The Flower Garden.
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Lovely to see how the garden has evolved over the years, back to its former glory.
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The formal vegetable garden and a look in the vinery (Taxton House).
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Gorgeous today compared to a couple of old pictures taken from Heligan’s website.
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Fun and running in the Sundial Garden.
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We sat for a drink and enjoyed the flowers on Natalie’s bench.
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Back through the Walled Garden.
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We stopped at the Citrus House and saw a haunting picture of a young soldier.
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The memorial plaque reads: Leonard Warne. Born 1890 – Died 1920. Remembered in St Ewe.
Leonard was one of nine children, living at Trelewark, a nearby farm. Leonard worked at Heligan as a gardener, cutting hedges and lawns and looking after the glasshouses. He emigrated to Canada before the war to work on a ranch, but returned to volunteer in July 1915 as a sapper in the Royal Engineers, 229 Field Company. He was severely wounded on the Western Front and invalided home to hospital to Plymouth, where he later died from his wounds. He is buried in Lostwithiel, his parents having moved from the nearby village of Lanlivery. The boys found the prettiest rose they could and we called it Leonard’s rose.
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We needed to visit the famous loos, in the far corner beyond the cold frames, blooming with colour.
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This plaque reads: In 2013 The Imperial War Museum recorded this ‘THUNDERBOX ROOM IN THE GARDENS’ as a ‘LIVING MEMORIAL to the ‘GARDENERS OF HELIGAN HOUSE’ (Ref. 63622 in the U.K. National Inventory of War Memorials) The ongoing restoration is our tribute to their memory. An elderly shovel and in the first ‘loo’.
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A first for us – to crowd into a gardener’s toilet to read a plaque.
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Leaving the loo, we entered the cool, sheltered seating area in the Northern Summerhouse, with a wonderful memorial. Love the final sentence.
We leave the Italian Garden and look back at the fountain.
‘Gunnera Man’ in front of the Melon House.
How lovely. A classic final picture...............a boy and his grandpa.
                     A GREAT RUN-AROUND