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August 19, 2017

The Lost Gardens Of Heligan – S01e03.

A six part series for C4, "The Lost Gardens of Heligan" follows the restoration of a country estate's derelict gardens which fell into disrepair after its gardeners were killed in action during WW1. Tim Smit and his partner John Nelson take on the mammoth task of bringing the gardens back to life.

At its peak, Heligan fed all its staff, the Tremayne family and numerous guests from The Productive Gardens--two large walled gardens at the heart of the estate. The test of a good head gardener was the ability to extend the growing season and grow literally tons of flowers for cutting, and a wide variety of vegetables and exotic fruits. At one time Heligan cultivated 127 varieties of gooseberries alone, as well as pineapples produced in hot beds.We follow the year in the kitchen garden--from sowing to harvest.

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