domingo, 20 de março de 2016


Nome Científico: Sinningia leucotricha
Sinonímia: Rechsteineria leucotricha
Nomes Populares: Rainha-do-abismo, Siníngia
Família: Gesneriaceae
Categoria: Bulbosas, Flores
Clima: Mediterrâneo, Subtropical, Temperado, Tropical
Origem: América do Sul, Brasil
Regas: Esparsas
Altura: 0.1 a 0.3 metros
Solo: Fértil e bem drenável
Luminosidade: Luz Difusa, Meia Sombra, Sol Pleno
Ciclo de Vida: Perene
Multiplicação: Mais facilmente através de sementes
Curiosidades: Suas belas flores de salmão ao avermelhado atraem beija-flores ao jardim

A Sinningia leucotricha pertencente a família botânica Gesneriaceae é uma planta herbácea, tuberosa, originária do Paraná no sul do Brasil que possui folhagem e flores muito ornamentais.
Conhecida popularmente como Rainha do abismo, a bela espécie apresenta raíz tuberosa principal que se desenvolve lentamente sem se dividir, com sua parte superior exposta acima do solo, de córtex acastanhado e rugoso, em formato arredondado, chegando a possuir nas plantas mais velhas até 30 cm de diâmetro.



sábado, 12 de março de 2016


The Treasure Garden
12 Parques de Flores Para Conhecer Em Gunma
Na província de Gunma, no Japão existem muitos locais incríveis para se conhecer, incluindo parques de flores belíssimos que apresentam variedades de flores em todas as épocas do ano. Quem pensa que esses parques são bonitos apenas durante o clima quente e ameno, se surpreenderá com as belas iluminações natalinas durante o inverno. Eis uma lista com 12 locais para conhecer em Gunma.

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan


Dear Friends

March is upon us and with it comes some very big news. Following on from the success of Dead Dog in a Suitcase & 946, we are thrilled to announce that Kneehigh Theatre will join us again this summer with a trio of brand new shows.

We are also excited to announce that our first ever Locals' Pass is now on sale! Keep reading for more information.

In this edition of our e-newsletter we let you know how you can get your hands on tickets! We also bring you news of a number of exciting changes throughout the gardens and estate, a taste of what’s to come this Easter along with a selection of job vacancies that are now available.

Happy Reading
Lorna, James & Nikki
The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan Locals' Pass Now On Sale

As we look ahead to an exciting year of changes throughout the gardens and estate, we invite you to join us on the journey as we launch our first ever Locals' Pass for all Cornish residents.

Exclusively throughout March, we are inviting locals to sign up for our Local’s Pass; enabling unlimited garden access throughout the year; for the cost of one normal garden admission charge.
"In 2014 we welcomed 7000 people drawn from the three parishes that border Heligan to commemorate the outbreak of WW1 in a moving large scale theatre piece that underscored the inter connectedness of the area. It was a powerful reminder that while we are stewards of this, possibly the most romantic garden in Britain, a little bit of all of us is woven into its fabric and we wanted to strengthen our local bonds even further by creating our first locals pass so people can come and go as they want and refer with warmth and pride to "their" Heligan" -  Sir Tim Smit
With a fantastic calendar of family and garden specific events throughout the year, as well as the unique seasonal beauty and intrigue that Heligan has to offer there’s always something to fascinate and entertain whatever the weather.
*Locals need to bring photo ID and proof of Cornish residency (eg driver’s licence and utility bill) to take up this incredible offer.
*Heligan Annual Membership remains a completely separate membership category, with many additional benefits that the Locals' Pass does not include. For further information regarding Heligan Membership and its benefits, please click here.
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Spring at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Spring is in the air and the first phase of our exciting winter transformation is now complete!

Instead of walking through the Covered Area on your next visit, we now invite you to buy your tickets at our new Ticket Office which can be found where Plant Sales used to be.

Further afield, you can now see areas of the garden that you might not have seen before! The route of our Jungle boardwalk has changed and now links the bottom of the Jungle to the mysterious Lost Valley. Before entering the Lost Valley, duck and dive under ancient rhododendron branches while seeing the bottom of the Jungle from a new perspective.
Within the last few days one of our Tamworth sows has given birth to nine piglets bringing even more young life into the Wider Estate. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages to find out when you can come and meet them.
Our Devon & Cornwall Longwool lambs are now roaming free in Park-An-Lann and amusing passers-by as they skip and leap through the daffodils.
It may only be the start of March, but there is still plenty to see throughout the gardens and estate. The pastel pinks of ourMagnolia campbellii now compliment some very early Cornish Red Rhododendrons on Flora’s Green. Some of our finest camellias are now in bloom and we highly recommend popping into the Flower Garden to see perfect row upon row of Tête-à-Tête Narcissus.
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Kneehigh Theatre Return to The Lost Gardens

14th July – 28th August 2016

The Asylum is Kneehigh’s award winning, long-awaited, much dreamed about, jaw-dropping, spirit-lifting nomadic theatre space. A place of fun, playfulness and sanctuary, the Asylum is a purpose built tent, a home and "a place predisposed to magic". With theatre, live music, and fine food and drink, the Asylum is a great night out.
Returning to The Lost Gardens of Heligan for the third successive year, the Asylum brings with it a chance for friends old and new to enjoy world class theatre, delicious food and drink, live music and a good old-fashioned Kneehigh knees-up.
This year, Kneehigh bring you three exciting new shows, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, FUP and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The Asylum will run at The Lost Gardens of Heligan from 14th July - 28th August.

For full details of each performance, please click here.

New for 2016 is reserved seating which provides theatre goers with the opportunity to pick the very best seats in the house!

To purchase your tickets and to reserve your seats, please and search the term 'Kneehigh Asylum'.
Show ticket                       Show & Garden
Earlybird*                          £19        £26
Full price                           £24        £32
Over 65s                            £22        £29
U26s & Concessions**     £14        £18
Two show deal***            £42
Three show deal***          £57  
* Bookable until 15th April only.
** NUS, JSA, ESA, PIP, DLA accepted. Proof of eligibility required.
*** Deal applies to tickets for different productions only.
All shows are for adults, teenagers and adventurous children.
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Easter at The Lost Gardens

Friday 25th March - Sunday 10th April. Daily 10am - 5pm

All activities free with garden admission.
Take part in the Great Emu Egg Hunt and witness chicks hatching right before your eyes at the Heligan Hatchery! This Easter at the Lost Gardens is set to be the most egg-citing one yet!
The Great Emu Egg Hunt
(Daily 10am - 5pm, Pleasure Grounds & Northern Gardens)
This Easter come and be an Emu Egg explorer, look high and low throughout the Northern Gardens and the Pleasure Grounds to see if you can spot the hidden turquoise Emu Eggs.
At the end of your egg hunt, meet Heligan’s very own Emu’s Queenie and Edmund and find out more about these unusual birds.  Finish your egg hunt at Egg HQ and receive your chocolate prize.
Get crafty at Egg HQ
(Daily 10am - 4pm, Steward’s Garden)
Have a go at our free Easter workshops.
-Add a splash of colour to your garden and make your own paper spring flower.
- Create your own Giant’s Head to grow at home.
-Decorate an egg and join us by hanging your creation on our traditional egg tree.
Try out some special egg sports:
-In the Steward’s Garden challenge your family to an egg and spoon race.
-Inside Egg HQ have a go at our Easter egg games. Challenge yourself in our game of ‘hook a duck’! Have fun in our egg rolling race and even turn into an ‘egg-head’ yourself in our Easter ‘peep through’ wall!
The Heligan Hatchery
(Daily 10am - 4.30pm)
Visit the Heligan Hatchery and see the chicks and ducklings hatching before your eyes.  Learn more about the rare breeds of poultry that we have at Heligan.
Feed the Chickens
(Daily at 12noon)
Come and join us in the Poultry Orchard where we will be inviting people to help us feed our chickens. Learn a bit more about our rare breeds of poultry and marvel at the size of a real life Emu egg!
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Job Vacancies

We have a number of exciting vacancies for the season ahead. If you feel that you’d make a great addition to the Heligan team, please click here to explore a variety of vacancies.
Can You Help People & Gardens?

Can You Help People & Gardens?

Can you help our friends over at People & Gardens with theirCrowdfunder appeal to fund a large fruit cage for use in their soft fruit growing project?

People and Gardens assists people with learning disabilities and mental health issues to develop work and social skills to enable them to take control over their own lives.

They also supply the Heligan Kitchen with a variety of wonderful produce along with the veg bags that we sell in the Heligan Shop.

The target is set at £1500 which will enable the team to purchase their fruit cage and help them to grow redcurrants and raspberries. This is part of their continued search for growing a varied type of produce for their customers (including us!). This cage will be large enough to enable easy access for all of the team at People & Gardens.
If you are able to make a donation (no matter how big or small) or would like to learn more about this amazing project, please click here.
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Cornwall Fruit Focus -‘Past Experience – Future Knowledge’

Saturday 19th March -10am – 5pm  (£25 (on the day) including a pasty lunch – £20 for students).

In this event at the Eden Project we explore if past experiences have roles to play when applied to future problems?  Challenges to food (and fruit) supply in the UK include, climate change a mismatch between food prices and farm incomes, imminently rising wage costs, erosion of horticultural skills and a shortage of good land coming on to the market.
Stephen Briggs of Abacus Organic Consultants considers can agroforestry systems contribute to diversified farm income and adaption to climate change?
Andrew Tinsley from AHDB highlights the current state of horticulture and what glimmers of hope are there for the future?  
Chris Rose (Chris Rose Associates) shares his expertise on horticultural labour forces working together more effectively.
Anyone who is seriously interested in the craft of cider making will know......
Andrew Lea, widely known by craft cider makers from his book and web site, relates the history of cider making and considers possible future trends based on UK and overseas developments.
Nick Millard from Michelmore Hughes and Reading University an expert on land valuation and Rebecca Marshall, of the Community Land Advisory Service will consider what are the pros and cons of buying or renting land and how this may relate to perennial crops and market gardens?

Philippe Parageaud from FAST Ltd will be talking about modern commercial nursery fruit crop production systems.  
Our very own Head of Gardens and Estate Iain Davies and Andrew Ormerod will be shedding light on propagation techniques with potential for revival. 
There will also be a soapbox session for short presentations for anyone wishing to share a fruit or horticulture related success story or to air a problem.
For details and booking, please contact Andrew Ormerod  or 07908978208
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Menacuddle Well

We would like to share news of St Austell’s very own Lost Valley that needs your help!

A heritage site in St Austell that has been neglected over the years is set to get a new lease of life thanks to the efforts of volunteers and a grant of at least £8,000 from Tesco.

Menacuddle Well - a 15th century, Grade II listed holy well whose water was once believed to have healing powers and to bring good luck – can be found in an overgrown ornamental garden just to the north of St Austell.

The well was restored in the 1920s as a tribute to a member of the Sawle family of the Menacuddle estate who was killed in the First World War. It is now in need of some tender, loving care.
The Friends of Menacuddle Well has been set up under the auspices of St Austell Renewables (STAR) to oversee its restoration and ensure future maintenance, and has been awarded the grant from Tesco's Bags of Help fund to go towards funding the project.

The full cost of the project is expected to reach about £12,000 and the Friends group is hoping people will vote for Menacuddle Well at their local Tesco store as the supermarket invites people to decide which of three chosen projects in Cornwall will get the top available grant of £12,000 with the second getting £10,000 and the third, £8,000.

Once the initial project has been completed, the volunteers will be looking to extend their work to the surrounding area including the Tudor Bapistery and the so-called 'Lost Pond' that needs clearing out.

More volunteers would be very welcome and can find the group on Facebook or contact Wendy Earl on 01726 72861 or at
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Thanks for Reading

We do hope that you have enjoyed our newsletter.

If you have any comments please get in touch via our websitecontact page.
Heligan Gardens Ltd.Company registered in England No: 2557448
Registered Office: Heligan, Pentewan. St.Austell, Cornwall. PL26 6EN
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terça-feira, 8 de março de 2016


"Não sabemos por que, mas os fantasmas gostam de freqüentar os castelos"


26 de março de 2016, os fantasmas 👻 convidado por Patricia Laigneau, curador da exposição , chegar ao castelo Rivau!
Não entre em pânico, no entanto, eles são fantasmas amigáveis, criados por mais de 35 artistas inspirados por este castelo medieval como nenhum outro ...

Os Fantasmas de exposições e Aparições estágios estes números sempre artistas fascinado do nosso tempo ter assombrado a imaginação de gerações anteriores.

O movimento romântico do século XIX trouxe seu olhar sobre as tradições e crenças populares que alimentam essas obsessões. Hoje, muitos artistas ainda estão animado sobre este espaço mental habitado por seres estranhos, buscando o irracional e sobrevivência de imagens alucinatórias.
Para saber mais ...
Teaser dos "Fantasmas e Appartions" exposição do castelo Rivau.
De 26 de março para 02 de novembro de 2016



sexta-feira, 4 de março de 2016


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A Quinta dos Loridos é onde se encontra o maior jardim oriental da Europa, o impressionante Buddha Eden. Com cerca de 35 hectares, o jardim surge em resposta à destruição dos Budas Gigantes de Bamyan, naquele que foi um dos maiores actos de barbárie cultural, apagando da memória obras-primas do período tardio da Arte de Gandhara.

Entre budhas, pagodes, estátuas de terracota e várias esculturas cuidadosamente colocadas entre a vegetação, estima-se que foram usadas mais de 6 mil toneladas de mármore e granito para edificar esta obra monumental.
A escadaria central é o ponto focal do jardim, onde os buddhas dourados dão calmamente as boas-vindas.
No lago central é possível observar os peixes KOI, e os dragões esculpidos que se erguem da água.
Terá ainda a oportunidade de observar os 700 soldados de terracota pintados à mão, cada um deles único, encontrando-se alguns enterrados como há 2.200 anos atrás.

A propriedade remonta a uma doação de terras feita pelo mosteiro a João Annes de Lourido, por volta de 1430.
Em finais do século XV estabelecem-se em Lisboa representantes da família Aifaitati ou Lafetas, banqueiros oriundos de Cremona, cuja casa bancária possuía filiais em Roma, na Inglaterra, na França, na Espanha e na Flandres. 
Em Portugal, associam-se inicialmente à produção de açúcar da ilha da Madeira, e, após a abertura do Caminho marítimo para a Índia, ao comércio de especiarias. No início do século XVI fixam-se na região de Óbidos, tendo erguido uma casa de campo nas terras da Quinta dos Loridos, que entretanto lhes fora doada por D. Manuel I.
A disposição quinhentista das edificações, de inspiração italiana, pode ser percebida até aos nossos dias, nomeadamente nos jardins em socalcos e no portal "Paladiano" do corpo central do edifício, idêntico ao do Palazzo Affaitati, em Cremona.
Mais tarde, em meados do século XVIII, a propriedade encontrava-se em mãos da família Sanches de Baena, conforme o testemunha a pedra de armas sobre o portal de entrada. Na posse desta família, tiveram lugar importantes alterações que lhe conferiram feiçõesbarrocas, notadamente na entrada e na capela.
A propriedade mudou de mãos em 1834, quando foi adquirida pelo capitão João Pedro Barbosa. O seu filho, José Antonio da Silva Barbosa, pretendeu legá-la em testamento a um pároco, que a recusou, rogando-le que a deixasse a um primo, Albino Herculano da Silveira Sepúlveda, que assim a herdou.

Em 1989 a quinta foi adquirida à família Sepúlveda pela empresa J. P. Vinhos, S.A., que promoveu uma extensa campanha de conservação e restauro, nomeadamente em termos de telhados e interiores, assim como a instalação de uma adega para a produção de vinho espumante (onde se destaca um lagar com uma antiga prensa de "vara"), a construção de uma cave para envelhecimento do produto e a plantação de vinhas.

A plantação de vinha ocupa 45 dos 90 hectares da propriedade com um compasso de 2,4 x 1,1 e uma densidade de 3.700 plantas das castas Castelão, Fernão Pires, Merlot, Tinta Roriz, Chardonnay, ArintoAlvarinho e Pinot.

O  titular da empresa, comendador José Berardo, impressionado em 2001 com a destruição pelos talibãs das milenares estátuas de Buda na paisagem cultural e ruínas arqueológicas do Vale de Bamiyan, no Afeganistão, concebeu o projecto de criação de um jardim como homenagem à perda daquela herança da humanidade . 
Em consequência, mais tarde, foi inaugurado um espaço de 35 hectares na quinta, com vegetação onde coexistem sobreiros e carvalhos, tendo sido implantado um lago artificial com carpas chinesa, rodeado por diversas estátuas  em terracotamármore e granito de Buda e outras divindades orientais, aberto a visitas, inicialmente gratuitas, hoje com um pagamento simbólico.


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