Lost Gardens of Heligan
Remember those childhood tales about sleeping giants who could wake the town with their yawn, and woodland faeries who danced along tree branches lighter than a feather? Well, most of those fables probably came from the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Hidden away in Cornwall, UK, the gardens are a playground for myth and magic. Through sub tropical jungles and evergreen wildlife gardens, it’s easy to wander for hours. Why are they “lost”? The estate, whose thousand-acre spread had just reached its apex at the end of the 19th century, soon lost many of its key caretakers to World War One and wasted away for a good portion of the 20th century. Thanks to a troupe of restorers devoted to recreating the garden as a testament to the exceptional work of ordinary people, the over 400 year-old garden is back to its former glory, luring in visitors every day of the year, save for Christmas and Christmas Eve.