Until the First World War, the estate gardens at Heligan were one of the glories of Cornwall. Thereafter, through growing neglect, they slipped gradually to sleep. This is the amazing story of their rediscovery and restoration, or the Victorian vision and ingenuity which first created that subtropical paradise, and of the modern obsession and improvisation which recreated it.
Tim Smit was born in 1954 and educated at Durham University. As well as the Lost Gardens of Heligan, he is the prime mover behind the hugely successful and world famous Eden Project, the major millennium-funded ecologicalhorticultural venture near St Austell.