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this is an image made from 4 others photos the green lady is so beautiful
this is her story


On a palatial estate in Cornwall, a massive and unique garden has been restored to its original beauty after 75 years of languishing unloved.

Since the late 1500s, The Lost Gardens of Heligan belonged to the Tremayne estate evolving and becoming more extravagant with each passing generation. One head of the household inspired the jungle gardens, while another requested that giant rhododendrons be cultivated. Although the Tremayne family often inspired new additions to the garden, they were above manual work and hired countless low-paid gardeners to take on the tasks of improving and maintaining the gardens.

Throughout the 19th century, the gardens thrived, growing larger and requiring greater staff to manage them. Before the outbreak of World War I, the Tremayne estate employed 22 gardeners. Many of those loyal gardeners went to fight, and after the war their numbers had diminished so that the gardens fell into severe disrepair. As the rest of the estate was rented out, the gardens became an afterthought and were not rediscovered until the 1990s.

Their rediscovery by a distant relative of the Tremayne estate, led to a widely publicized attempt to bring the gardens back to life. The restoration of the Heligan Gardens was undertaken by Tim Smit, the same architect who conceived The Eden Project, the largest Greenhouse complex in the world.

Under his innovative and watchful eye, the Heligan Gardens were restored to their original size. Besides restoration, floral art was commissioned as well, resulting in the Giantís Head and the Mud Maid, a sleeping woman of the forest made out of wood, grass and earth. As the gardens quickly became a tourist attraction, the gardens also served to bring life back to St. Austell, and some of the other neighboring towns in Cornwall.

Today, the spectacular gardens feature everything that they were once renowned for including massive rhododendrons, Italian gardens and the jungle gardens. Along with being beautiful, they are also productive, growing large amounts of vegetables for consumption and sale.

Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:The Green Lady of Heligan
Username:Paree Paree
Uploaded:14 Jun 2013 - 11:01 PM
Tags:Digital art, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people, Wildlife / nature
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cantona43
cantona43 e2 Member 9882 forum postscantona43 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2013 - 11:07 PM

excellent work stunning result and a very interesting and well written narrative
Neil

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Mototaur
Mototaur e2 Member 126 forum postsMototaur vcard England
14 Jun 2013 - 11:14 PM

Great information . stunningly creative image. Smile Smile

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 1:55 AM

She's like a chia lady. Lovely work creating this ......Sandy

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Deep_Bhatia
15 Jun 2013 - 2:35 AM

Paree, All the three images are masterpieces. So nicely done. The images goes well with the write up which is very. My UA.

Deep

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 6:13 AM

Fascinating images, Maureen, and a most informative write-up, I visited Heligan many moons ago, a wonderful place to see, it must be looking first class now. Carol

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64345 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 8:08 AM

It sounds an intriguing place. Even the name is so romantic.
I love your lady - like continuity.
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Paree
Paree  9594 forum posts3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 6:03 PM

some more info for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng9DERsMJiI

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2013 - 6:43 PM

What beautiful images, Maureen, and there's something sad about mousing from 1 to 3 'cos it's like the light is going out. But mousing the other way is more fitting how the gardens came back to life Smile

Bravo n these and thanks for the write-up.

Andrew

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2013 - 1:46 AM

You have such a wonderfully creative mind. I agree that I enjoyed looking from 1to 3, like nature awakening from winter's death.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8754 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1588 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2013 - 6:25 PM

I can understand why you feel an affinity with the Mud Maid, Maureen, I remember being delighted to meet her when at Heligan. She looked almost as good as the Goddess at Eden, one of my favourites. Tim Smit is a genius.
You have portrayed her beautifully here, laying on the stone, as if it were made for her, with the misty henge in the background.
My favourite is V2 because I feel it's the more dreamlike of the three.

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Humblebee
Humblebee  2 England
20 Jun 2013 - 3:02 PM

A beautifully crafted image, Maureen ... Carol Grin

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sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jun 2013 - 10:23 PM

Excellent work as usual..Lin

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CucuFettaFuang

Amazing..

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