Saturday 4 January 2020

Illuminations and lights at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise … no, not teddy bears but illuminations at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

We went to see the illuminations in the hours of darkness and how different the gardens and trees looked from a daytime visit.

Parts of the walk were quite creepy as there were sounds complimenting the illuminations.

The old walls and buildings were transformed.

I spotted this figure from the past still attending the plants. Was he real or a figure of imagination?

The illuminations were created by an international renowned light artist Ulf Pederson.

Ulf's description as to what he has created at the Lost Gardens of Heligan is to "have transformed the act of looking into a physical experience - where audiences frequently find themselves immersed in a sensational play of light and colour as the space metamorphoses into something unique and magical".

I enjoyed the visit, the lights and displays as a whole.

I most liked the transformations of the trees and bushes as they seemed to take on a whole new persona. 

All in all it was a lovely evening, especially as the frequent rain we have been having in Cornwall, stayed away. 

Even a few feathers floated across the pathways.

And to finish with, something black and white - as we made our way back to our car.

I have made several posts, with photos, about the Lost Gardens of Heligan, here are a few:

Lost Gardens of Heligan - Voted UKs Top Visitor Garden

The Lost Gardens of Heligan In July :16 Photos 

The Lost Gardens of Heligan: 18 Photos of Farm Animals, Plants and Jungle


  1. A magical place made even more so by the lighting, I love all the colours.

    1. Thanks David, it was quite an experience being immersed in the lights. We had two grandchildren, 6 and 9, with us so it made a special evening.

  2. These are delightful! I’m not sure how the gardener could see what he was doing, but he certainly made a great opportunity for a mysterious shot! I can imagine how wonderful this was for your grandchildren!

  3. Hello Ann, the gardener was an illusion, a light display against an old wall. It was certainly a fun evening.

  4. Wow! I truly believed he was real. Well done! Have a great day, Mike.

  5. Hi Mike, the fuschia cuttings I put in water (as you suggedted) all eventually rooted! They're now in seperate pots of compost.
    Thanks for the tip 😀

    1. Glad it worked for you. Fuchsia seem to grow quite easily.




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