This sleeping moss giant is located in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey, UK. These gardens, once destroyed by a hurricane, now are one of the most popular botanical destinations in the UK. The moss giant is called the “Mud Maid”.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Lowarth Helygen, meaning “willow tree garden”), near Nevagissey in Cornwall,
are one of the most popular botanical gardens
in the UK. The gardens are typical of the 19th century Gardenesque
style with areas of different character and in different design styles.
lost gardens of heligan ▴ mevagissey, cornwall, england
the gardens of heligan (h’LIG-an, and not HEL-ig-an) are typical of the 19th century gardenesque style, a style of planting design in accordance with the “principle of recognition”, meaning there are different areas with different characters. the gardens contain europe’s only remaining pineapple pit, warmed by rotting manure. its cornish name lowarth helygen means ‘willow tree garden’.
Reclaimed from Nature in the 1990s, the Lost Gardens of Heligan is one of the UK’s most magical spots. Wander amongst primeval ferns, take in the colossal rhododendrons and meet the Mud Maid and Giant’s Head plant sculptures. Find out more