Gardens to Visit in Devon

Due to its temperate climate, Devon boasts a large number of fabulous gardens and plant nurseries full of exotic plants and trees. Every walk through one of these gardens is a breathtaking experience, full of colour and splendour.

Bicton Park

Italian Garden © Christine Matthews - (CC2)

Historic show gardens for the Bicton College of Agriculture. Elegant formal gardens with water courses, lakes, terraced lawns, Pinetum, temples and follies. The sub-tropical glasshouses contain a wide variety of tender plants. The arboretum looks especially good in the autumn, with beautiful trees in a parkland setting. Miniature woodland railway, children's playground, picnic areas and other family attractions.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, guided tours
Open: all year (exc. Xmas)
Address: Budleigh Salterton, Exeter EX9 7BJ
Tel: 01395 568465
Web: bictongardens.co.uk

Coleton Fishacre

© National Trust Images/Carole Drake

Located in a pleasant valley setting near to the coast. These luxuriant gardens provide all year-round interest, with many rare and exotic plants. A pleasant stream flows in front of the house, planted up with moisture-loving and marginal plants, along with summer flowering bulbs and colourful perennials. Regular events held throughout the season.

Facilities: shop, garden centre
Open: February to October
Address: Brownstone Rd, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ
Tel: 01803 842382 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Castle Drogo

Informal Borders © Seasonal Gardening

Probably the last true castle to be built in England. A series of large ornamental garden rooms lead down to the castle, which sits on a low hill overlooking the Dartmoor National Park. There are well stocked rose gardens and informal herbaceous borders, with corner Pavilions of Hornbeam. Also a lovely woodland area, with pleasant walks. House also open to public.

Facilities: parking, cafe, shop, picnic areas
Open: March to December
Address: Drewsteignton, Devon EX6 6PB
Tel: 01647 433306
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Dartington Hall

Informal Gardens © Dartington Hall

Exquisite 20th century Grade 2 listed gardens, designed around a 14th-c tilt yard. With wide terraces, sweeping steps, yew hedges and Henry Moore Sculpture. The underplanted woodland is a real treat in spring.

Wide range of facilities and activities also available. Festivals and events take place throughout the year.

Facilities: parking, shops, accommodation, estate walks, visitor centre, craft courses.
Open: all year - FREE ENTRY
Address: Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL
Tel: 01803 847000
Web: dartington.org

Greenway Garden

© National Trust/Marianne Majerus

Graceful woodland garden on the banks of the River Dart. Many rare trees and shrubs, under planted with native wild flowers.

Enjoy wildlife trails and woodland walks with scenic views of the Dart Estuary. Sensible footwear recommended.

Facilities: parking, shop
Open: March to October
Address: Churchton Ferrers, Devon TQ5 DES
Tel: 01803 842382 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Killerton House

© Seasonal Gardening

Over 18 acres of restored gardens, woodland and parkland, originally laid out by Veitch. A riot of colour from early spring to later summer.

Facilities: parking, shop, plant centre, tea room
Open: March to September
Address: Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3LE
Tel: 01392 881345 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Knightshayes Court

© Seasonal Gardening

Outstanding gardens designed as a series of formal garden rooms, planted for aroma, colour and seasonal interest. Well maintained and imaginatively planted, with many rare trees and shrubs. Includes a walled garden, formal terraces and clipped topiary. Don't miss the lightly wooded area to the east of the house where a wide range of tender and exotic shrubs thrive.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, shop, plant sales
Open: March to October
Address: Devon EX16 7RO
Tel: 01884 254665 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Marwood Hill Gardens

Astilbe chinensis © Seasonal Gardening

Extensive landscaped gardens with sweeping lawns and lakes. Highlights include a pleasant walled garden, alpine garden, bog garden. Good range of climbers, plus many rare trees and shrubs.

Facilities: parking, shop, tea room, plant sales
Open: all year (exc. Xmas)
Address: Marwood, Barnstable, EX31 4EA
Tel: 01271 342528
Web: marwoodhillgarden.co.uk/

Overbeck's

Views over Salcombe Estuary (FM)

A dramatically beautiful sub-tropical coastal garden, with tall palm trees and far reaching views over the estuary at Salcombe.

Facilities: parking, gift shop
Open: February to December
Address: Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8LW
Tel: 01548 842893 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

RHS Garden Rosemoor

Evergreen Azalea 'Chippewa' (Kitti851 CC0)

RHS show gardens, covering a beautifully landscaped 65 acre site, with a wide variety of themed gardens and inspirational planting schemes. Includes formal gardens, a French style potager, cottage, alpine, herb and bog gardens, two rose gardens and extensive herbaceous borders. Events and demonstrations held throughout the season.

Facilities: parking, visitor centre, restaurant, tea room, gift shop, garden library, plant centre
Open: April to September
Address: Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH
Tel: 01805 624067
Web: rhs.org.uk

Saltram

Saltram West Front (stux CC0)

Beautiful riverside gardens containing mature shrubs and many imposing specimen trees. Lovely 18th-c summer house, orangery and several interesting follies.

Facilities: parking, licensed restaurant, shop
Open: April to October
Address: Plympton, Devon PL7 1UH
Tel: 01752 333500 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Stone Lane Gardens

Birch Trees (jarmoluk CC0)

Peaceful woodland garden adorned with shade-loving plants, leading on to tranquil water gardens. Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of mature trees, including the National Collections of Birch (betula) and Alder (alnus), which are ablaze with rich golden tones in autumn - one of the best times to enjoy this garden.

Facilities: nursery, sculpture exhibition
Open: all year
Address: Chagford, Devon TQ13 8JU
Tel: 01647 231311
Web: stonelanegardens.com

Ugbrook House

Magnolia in Blossom © Seasonal Gardening

Grand stately home, set in magnificent landscaped grounds in a secluded Devon valley. Ancient seat of the Clifford family. Enjoy the Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland with lakes, majestic trees and scenic views over Dartmoor. Also formal gardens with a clipped box maze, a courtyard garden, Spanish Garden, Fernery, Orangery and a beautiful magnolia walk.

Facilities: parking, cafe, walks, private tours
Open: July to September
Address: Chudleigh, Newton Abbot TQ13 0AD
Tel: 01626 852179
Web: ugbrooke.co.uk

Winsford Walled Garden

Phyllostachys aureosulcata ©Seasonal Gardening

Faithfully restored historic Victorian walled garden. Packed with mature flower borders that overflow with colourful herbaceous plants. Also a fine collection of mature bamboo and two Victorian teak-built greenhouses.

Facilities:
Open: June to September
Address: Halwill Junction, Devon EX21 5XT
Tel: 01409 221477
Web: winsfordwalledgarden.org.uk

Orchid Paradise

Cattleya Orchid Hybrid (ASP)

Browse the country's largest selection of orchid species and hybrids, with many rare and unusual specimens - all grown under glass. An ever changing rainbow of colours, from big, blousy blooms to tiny exquisite miniatures.

Facilities: parking, cafe, plant sales
Open: all year
Address: Forches Cross, Devon TQ12 6PZ
Tel: 01626 352233
Web: orchids.uk.com


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