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September 18, 2017

Return To The Lost Gardens Of Heligan S01e03.

Barbara Flynn narrates this second visit to the gardens of Heligan, two years on from the original renovation. Although the scars have begun to heal, the wet summer of 1998 brought a threat to many of Heligan's rare and precious species. New faces join the gardening team, and the fate of many of Heligan's original gardening staff on the field of Flanders is revealed.

Heligan’s fruit man Paul Hayward is frustrated by the lack of people he can consult for specialist advice. His solution is to invite Harry Baker, formerly head of fruit at the RHS in Wisley down to Heligan.
He advises on figs, apples, peaches and melons. While these grow almost like weeds in Mediterranean countries, Cornwall’s damp and cloudy climate is a different story altogether - particularly when day after day of low light levels means there are no female flowers to germinate.

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