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Join us as we enter our 52nd year of opening and take a walk on the wild side in this tranquil moorland garden. April openings highlight magnolias, trillium and the lovely erythroniums. Early May the maples, rhododendrons and unusual shrubs provide interest, late May brings the flowering davidia, cornus, embothrium and the spectacular blue poppies. This garden opens By Arrangement from February to June for groups of all sizes.
11 acre woodland valley garden, forming part of the Grade II* Sharpham House Landscape. The garden contains many rare and unusual trees and shrubs with views over the River Dart AONB and Sharpham. Azaleas, hydrangeas and magnolias are a speciality. A spring rises in the garden under a spectacularly large rhododendron feeding two ponds and a small stream running through a meadow with mown paths. Opens By Arrangement from March to September for groups up to 25.
Created with a real passion, this newly created 2 acre nature garden provides many uniquely designed homes for wildlife. Wander through the flower meadow visiting individually designed areas, structures, water features and ponds. Seating areas afford stunning views towards Exmoor and Dartmoor. Both native and herbaceous plants have been chosen to benefit insect and bird life. Evolving every year. Opens from April to August for groups of between 15 and 30.
6 acres with lawns, borders, mature trees. Formal parterre with lily pond. Walled garden with colourful profusion of vegetables and flowers. Palm tree avenue leading to millennium summerhouse. Late summer colour with dahlias, crocosmia, agapanthus etc. Cactus and succulent greenhouse. Pelargonium collection. Lakeside walk. This garden opens By Arrangement from March to August for groups of all sizes.
3+ acres with many mature trees as well as unusual trees planted recently, e.g. Hoheria, Cornus mas, Nyssa. Herbaceous borders, shrubberies, vegetable/fruit area. Bog garden using a natural spring and 2 ponds attract dragon flies. Disused shale tennis court is becoming a wildflower area with orchids. Soil is mainly acidic and a band of specimen rhododendrons was planted 12 yrs ago. Opens By Arrangement from May to October for groups of between 8 and 30.
1.3 acres recovered from neglect, starting to look wonderful. Orchard, woodland, ponds and productive areas linked to established and newly planted herbaceous borders and shrubberies. A new bed has been developed with autumn planting. Wonderful views over Devon countryside. Opens By Arrangement all year for groups of 5+.
¼ acre garden with colour themed hot border at front. At rear of house: potager style vegetable garden with raised beds, seasonal colour-themed beds, studio and greenhouse, 20 metre fruit arched walkway, rill, ferns, rockery, collection of hostas, pond. Seating in secluded niches with views to garden. Opens By Arrangement from May to September for groups of between 5 and 20.
East Woodlands is a beautiful RHS inspired and designed garden full of rooms packed with plants, shrubs and trees. Enjoy the spectacular bamboos, flowing grasses, colourful roses, Mediterranean, Japanese, cottage and bog gardens (unfenced pond), all set in an acre looking out over N Devon countryside. Occasional live music. Lots of seating areas. Opens By Arrangement from June to August for groups of between 10 and 25.
Peaceful, well established 13 acre garden, parts dating back to 1770s. This hidden gem boasts one of the largest collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias. Interspersed with mature and rare trees and complemented by a lake and cascading ponds. 6 acre arboretum, large lilac circle, wisteria pergola with views over Exeter and Woodbury completes this family run treasure. Opens By Arrangement from March to June for groups of 10+.
C16 Longhouse set in 2 acres of tranquil, mature, south-facing gardens. To the front is a small enclosed garden opening out into other gardens with architectural plants and a lake walk. Beyond, are natural wild plants. In farm fields, indigenous rare breed Whitebred Shorthorn cattle may be grazing. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of all sizes.
Farmhouse garden created over last 10 yrs. Large collection of old roses and peonies, long and colourful mixed borders, productive fruit cage and vegetable garden all set within a wonderful borrowed landscape. This garden opens By Arrangement from May to September for groups of all sizes.
½ acre colourful garden with Lundy views. A garden of wit, humour, unusual ideas, installation art, puzzles, volcano and many surprises. Water features, shrubs, foliage area, grasses in an unusual setting, fernery, bonsai and polytunnel, plus masses of colourful plants. This garden opens By Arrangement from June to August for groups of 12+.
½ acre sloping plantsman’s garden in South Hams AONB. Tearoom and seating areas. 2 ponds. Substantial collection of large flowering Asiatic and hybrid tree magnolias. Large collection of camellias inc Camellia reticulata. Rare dwarf, weeping and slow growing conifers. Daphnes, early azaleas and rhododendrons, spring bulbs and hellebores. Opens By Arrangement from February to May for groups up to 20.
Tranquil secluded valley with streams running through woods, ponds and lake – 30 acres of spring/summer interest – daffodils, extensive bluebells, large displays of rhododendrons, many unusual specimen trees, cottage garden, orchard, wildflower meadow, bog/fern/woodland gardens, woodland walks and sculptures. 2 miles of mainly level sandy paths with many benches and new lakeside shelter. Opens By Arrangement from April to October for groups of all sizes.
1¾ acre country garden with gravelled courtyard and paths, raised beds, alpine house, lawns, herbaceous borders, woodland beds with naturalised cyclamen and snowdrops, kitchen garden with large greenhouse and orchard. Winter openings for National Collection of Cyclamen species, hellebores and over 400 snowdrop varieties. Opens By Arrangement from February to July for groups of over 10.
Alt 950ft with lovely views. Overlooking its own pretty valley pasture, stream and large pond. Sunny interlinking lawned areas with interesting herbaceous planting, stone walls and old barns; all blending with the surroundings. Young apple trees. Vegetable patch high up with distant sea glimpse. This garden opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of all sizes.
Charming, peaceful 10 acre garden with lawns, lakes and ponds. Water features with swans, ducks and other wildlife. Mature trees, shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, roses, herbaceous borders and rockeries. Nursery avenue, novelty crazy golf. This garden opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of all sizes.
Extensive, formal and woodland garden, largely developed in 1950s, but recently much extended with mass displays of camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, inc many rare varieties. Traditional walled garden filled with fruit and vegetables, herb garden, bog garden, rose garden, hydrangea collection, greenhouses. Ornamental conservatory with collection of pot plants. This garden opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of between 10 and 20.
4 acre garden located on SW facing slope in rural mid Devon. Evolved primarily over last 30 yrs, harnessing and working with the natural landscape. Using informal planting and natural formal structures to create a garden that reflects the souls of those who garden in it, it is an incredibly personal space that is a joy to share. Opens By Arrangement from May to August for groups of between 12 and 24.
Country garden of 1½ acres, packed with different and unusual herbaceous perennials, trees, shrubs and bamboos. Designed for year-round interest, wildlife and owners’ pleasure. Naturalistic planting in colour coordinated mixed borders, highlighted by metal sculptures, providing foreground to the view. Natural stream, pond and damp woodland area, mini wildlife meadows and raised gravel/alpine garden. Opens By Arrangement from August to October for groups of 10+.
Tranquil 2 acre garden plus woodland and streams contain a wealth of interesting plants chosen for colour, form and long season of interest. Many seats from which to enjoy the sound of water. Interesting structural features (rill, summerhouse, pergola, cobbling, slate bridge). Heady mix of exciting perennials, shrubs, bulbs, climbers and specimen trees. Opens By Arrangement from April to October for groups of all sizes.
Entered via a courtyard, a former market garden on a north facing slope, with steep, uneven paths. View over the Exe. A food production and wildlife garden with a self-sufficiency ethos; greenhouse, polytunnel, fruit cage, raised vegetable beds, wild area, ponds. Productive fruit bushes and trees inc exotics. This garden opens By Arrangement in August for groups of between 1 and 10.
Welcome one of the first signs of spring by wandering through swathes of thousands of snowdrops in this lovely wood. Closer to the village than to Delamore Gardens, paths meander through a sea of these lovely plants, some of which are unique to Delamore and which were sold as posies to Covent Garden market as late as 2002. Opens By Arrangement from February to March for groups of all sizes.
1 acre naturalistic/wildlife/plantsman’s garden for year-round interest. Rare/unusual plants on sloping site. 13 ponds (koi, lilies), stream, Japanese garden, Mediterranean garden, wildflower meadow, massed bulbs. Hundreds of ericaceous plants inc camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, acers, and hydrangeas. Dierama, crocosmia and many grasses. Opens By Arrangement from April to October for groups of between 6 and 16.
Croquet lawn leads to multi-level garden overlooking 3 large ponds with winding paths, climbing roses and overviews. Brook with waterfall flows through garden past fascinating summerhouse built by owner. Benched deck overhangs first pond. This garden opens By Arrangement all year for groups of between 1 and 30.
5 acre plantsman’s garden approached across a little ford. Many interesting and unusual trees and shrubs. Visitors can try their hand at identifying plants with the very comprehensive and amusing plant list. Plenty of space to eat your own picnic. Walled vegetable and fruit garden, lake, ponds, bog plantings and sweeping lawns. Horses, Dexter cattle and Jacob sheep. A tranquil space. Opens By Arrangement from April to October for groups of all sizes.
1 acre garden which has been renovated and developed over the last 47 yrs with foliage, flowers, scent, colour-themed borders. Sheltered seating. Artist-owner hopes to lead the visitor around the garden using the winding paths to the thatched summerhouse, ponds, sculptural bonfire, hens, and swimming pool. Opens By Arrangement from April to August for groups of between 1 and 20.
Garden is within 2 mins of N Devon coastline and Woolacombe AONB. 6 distinct areas; cottage garden at front, patio garden to one side, swallows garden at rear, meadow garden, orchard and field (500m walk with newly planted hedgerow). This garden opens By Arrangement from March to September for groups of all sizes.
23 acres, 2 steep wooded valleys. Wild flowers, spring bulbs, especially daffodils; extensive collections of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, berberis, heathers, maples, cotoneasters, buddleias, hydrangeas, cornus and epimedium. National Collections of Magnolias, Knaphill azaleas and berberis. Opens By Arrangement from April to October for groups of all sizes.
Shutelake is a working farm. The garden melds subtly with surrounding landscape, in the way its terraces complement the tumbling Devon countryside. Formal close to the house, with a Mediterranean feel. Terraced borders full of warm perennials in summer. This garden opens By Arrangement from June to September for groups of between 10 and 20.
Designed by renowned Arne Maynard around C17 thatched farmhouse, country garden exemplifying how contemporary design can be integrated into a traditional setting. Herbaceous borders, roses, yew topiary, knot garden, wildflower meadows, orchards, lean-to greenhouses and a mouthwatering kitchen garden create an unforgettable sense of place. Opens By Arrangement from May to September for groups of between 15 and 30.
1 acre garden with mainly new planting. Numerous beds, majority of plants from cuttings and seed keeping cost to minimum, full of colour spring to autumn. Vegetable garden, fruit cage and orchard with ducks and chickens. This garden opens By Arrangement from April to October for groups of between 1 and 30.
Plantsman’s small town environmental garden, landscaped with small ponds and 7ft waterfall. Interlinked through abutilons to Japanese, Italianate, Spanish, tropical areas. Specialising in fruit inc peaches, figs, kiwi. Tender plants inc bananas, tree fern, brugmansia, lantanas, oleanders. Collection of fuchsia, dahlias, abutilons, bougainvillea. Environmental and Superclass Gold Medal Winners. Opens By Arrangement in August for groups of all sizes.
1 acre country garden with striking herbaceous borders, dry stone wall terracing, white garden, hot garden and dahlia beds. Extensive fully organic vegetable gardens with polytunnels and ¼ acre walled garden, together with an orchard with traditional apples and pears. This garden opens By Arrangement from May to August for groups of between 10 and 20.
Beautiful 12 acre pleasure garden surrounding early C19 property designed by John Nash. Many mature specimen trees, shrubs and rhododendrons, large formal lawn, recently landscaped herbaceous beds, vegetable garden, woodland garden, orchard with wildflower meadow and riverside walk. An atmospheric and delightful horticultural secret. Opens By Arrangement from Apr 2023 to Jun 2023 for groups of between 10 and 20.
A large garden on high ground with magnificent views of Dartmoor. Close to a small moorland town, remote yet only a dozen miles from Exeter, Okehampton and Newton Abbot. Mature orchard, year-round productive vegetable gardens, substantial tree planting, croquet lawns (why not challenge your friends?), late summer colour. Paths wander through tranquil mature woodland and lawns surround a granite lined pond with a seat at the water’s edge. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of all sizes.
Whiddon Goyle enjoys stunning views over Dartmoor and sits 1000 ft above sea level. Built in 1930s it is cleverly designed to protect its 2 acre garden against the Dartmoor weather. It enjoys many features inc a rockery, croquet lawn, rose garden, herbaceous borders, ponds, a newly developed cut flower garden which supplies seasonal blooms, along with a pair of majestic monkey trees. Opens By Arrangement from June to September for groups of all sizes.
Nearly 4 acres of steep hillside garden with stunning views of Haytor and Dartmoor. Snowdrops start in January followed by bluebells throughout the garden. Arboretum planted 45 yrs ago, over 200 trees from all over the world inc magnolias, camellias, acers, alders, betula, davidias and sorbus. Opens By Arrangement from April to September for groups of between 1 and 25.
Amidst 80 acres of woodland and pasture an ancient granite cross passage house is surrounded by formal gardens. Granite walled garden with an abundance of herbaceous plants, interlinking ponds, ericaceous shrubs and trees, riverside woodland walk over an old granite bridge, orchards, kitchen garden, fruit cages and Cluckington Palace! Dogs welcome on leads. Opens By Arrangement from June to October for groups of all sizes.
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