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Some portion of the appeal of the Heligan story lies in its fairy tale quality. Former music producer Tim Smit having moved to Cornwall was inspecting the Tremayne family estate of his friend John Willis after a hurricane when the two stumbled upon the wildly overgrown remains of a great Victorian garden. Over the ensuing years they, with the help of volunteers, donors, eventually customers, and others, dug out and restored this historic site, turning it into a tourist destination. I recently saw Smit on Rick Stein's latest series, Cornwall, and remembered I had the book on a shelf somewhere, but it was made famous by a BBC film in 1999 that is available on You Tube and is probably preferable for most to the book, which is rich in detail about the project, but overdoes it unless you're obsessed.


Grade: (B-)


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Tim Smit Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Tim Smit
    -WIKIPEDIA: Lost Gardens of Heligan
    -OFFICIAL SITE: Lost Gardens of Heligan
    -OFFICIAL SITE: Eden Project
    -PORTRAIT: Sir Timothy Bartel ('Tim') Smit (1954-), Chief Executive of the Eden Project (National Portrait Gallery)
    -VIDEO: The Lost Gardens Of Heligan (Channel 4 Documentaries, 1999)
    -VIDEO: Heligan: Secrets of the Lost Garden (Natural World, 2011-2012, BBC)
    -ENTRY: Lost Gardens of Heligan (Cornwall Guide)
    -VIDEOS: Eden Project tv
    -VIDEO INTERVIEW: Building legacy through passion, with Sir Tim Smit KBE, founder of The Eden Project (Holly & Co, 11/05/20)
    -VIDEO INTERVIEW: Teachers TV: Tim Smit: Estelle Morris interviews Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project, about his views on education, the environment and how schools can make a big difference. (CPD College)
    -VIDEO: Tim Smit Graduation Speech (University of Lincoln, Sep 26, 2018)
    -VIDEO LECTURE: Snnual Lecture Seeding Change Sir Tim Smit keynote and panel discussion (Edge Foundation, 12/09/20)
    -ESSAY: If I ruled the world: Sir Tim Smit (Tim Smit, Readers Digest)
    -VIDEO LECTURE: Tim Smit @ 5x15 x Eden Sessions: Healing the Soil (Tim Smit, 9 Jul 2018, 5 x 15)
    -VIDEO: Episode 6: Rick journeys the majestic Camel Estuary to one of Britain’s finest vineyards, before casting his line to hook Britain’s fastest fish and learning about Tim Smit's ambitious new idea for Cornwall. (Rick Stein's Cornwall)
    -PROFILE: Sir Tim Smit celebrates 30 years of Lost Gardens of Heligan with special tours: 'For us it's a piton in a rock face on our journey somewhere else and our celebration of our 30th anniversary is simply a statement that we're glad we exist' (Simon Heester & Olivier Vergnault, , 8 MAR 2020, Cornwall Live)
    -PROFILE: How Eden Project millionaire went from life on the dole to buying Poldark harbour Charlestown: Eden Project owner Sir Tim Smit has reportedly signed a deal for the historic port (Shannon Hards, 28 JUN 2018, Cornwall Live)
    -PODCAST: Wander the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall with Tim Smit (BBC Countryfile, 11/04/19)
    -ARTICLE: Anger at Eden Project founder's plans for Lostwithiel 'farm' (Richard Whitehouse, 1/21/21, South West Farmer)
    -INTERVIEW: My First Million: Tim Smit: Eden Project success has come from trusting intuition (Natalie Graham, AUGUST 5 2011, Financial Times)
    -INTERVIEW: Tim Smit: Thirteen years after launching the Eden Project in the UK, the team is proposing Eden-style attractions around the world. Its founder, Dutch-born entrepreneur Tim Smit, tells us what’s happening (Kath Hudson, Attractions Management 2014)
    -INTERVIEW: ‘There’s a whole world of ignorance out there’: Sir Tim Smit, CEO, Eden Project,/a> (Nick Smith, April 23, 2020, Engineering & Technology)
-INTERVIEW: 4 Questions for Sir Tim Smit: Finding Creativity, Taking Risks, and Overcoming Fear: Sir Tim Smit, founder of the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, shared his views on what makes a great leader in a conversation at Workday Rising Europe 2015. (Workday, December 23, 2015)
    -AUDIO INTERVIEW: Tim Smit: creating the Eden Project (Conversations with Richard Fidler, Sarah Kanowski, ABC)
    -PODCAST: (Not So) Secret Cornwall - Sir Tim Smit and The Lost Gardens of Heligan (Martin Hesp, Secret Cornwall)
    -PODCAST: Tim Smit - life lessons from music and lost gardens (Mallen Baker, May 11, 2019)
    -PROFILE: Tim Smit: Life after Eden... Mr Optimism returns with a new big idea: Tim Smit, the maverick behind Cornwall's indoor rainforests, now has an even grander project: shaking up Britain's blue-collar workforce. Michael McCarthy meets him (Michael McCarthy, 04 June 2012, Independent)
    -ESSAY: The Lost Gardens of Heligan at 30: ‘It is vital we preserve the past to protect the future’: Tim Smit, one of the forces behind the re-discovery and revitalisation of Heligan Gardens in Cornwall, reflects back over the last 30 years (Gardens Illustrated, November 2, 2020)
    -ESSAY: The Lost Gardens of Heligan: A Real Life Secret Garden (Grace Nuth, Enchanted Living)
    -ESSAY: When were the Lost Gardens of Heligan discovered? (Carol Burns, October 12, 2020, Great British Life)
    -VIDEO ARCHIVES: Tim Smit (You Tube)

Book-related and General Links:

    -INTERVIEW: Cornwall’s sleeping beauty: the tale of Heligan’s lost gardens (Clare Hargreaves, 4/19/22, The Observer)