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The Green Lady of Heligan

By Paree
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.

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cantona43 Plus
12 925 4 England
14 Jun 2013 11:07PM
excellent work stunning result and a very interesting and well written narrative

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ZoeKemp 5 31 England
14 Jun 2013 11:14PM
Great information . stunningly creative image. Smile Smile
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
15 Jun 2013 1:55AM
She's like a chia lady. Lovely work creating this ......Sandy
15 Jun 2013 2:35AM
Paree, All the three images are masterpieces. So nicely done. The images goes well with the write up which is very. My UA.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
15 Jun 2013 6:13AM
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
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
15 Jun 2013 8:08AM
It sounds an intriguing place. Even the name is so romantic.
I love your lady - like continuity.
Paree 13 616 3
15 Jun 2013 6:03PM
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
15 Jun 2013 6:43PM
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.

Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
16 Jun 2013 1:46AM
You have such a wonderfully creative mind. I agree that I enjoyed looking from 1to 3, like nature awakening from winter's death.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.0k 1996 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2013 6:25PM
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.
Humblebee 5 1 England
20 Jun 2013 3:02PM
A beautifully crafted image, Maureen ... Carol Grin
20 Jun 2013 10:23PM
Excellent work as usual..Lin

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