In Devon we have a wonderful array of beautiful gardens, many with history and stories to tell.
Coleton Fishacre – this special property in a beautiful location right on the coast has much going for it. The house and gardens were created in the 1920s and are set in 25 acres of a sheltered valley. The garden is designed to run down in layers to the coastal path, and has a formal garden and wooded areas. The variety of exotic plants provides interest throughout the year, with Bamboos, Mimosas, Myrtle and other moisture loving plants growing around the pool and streams. As well as the gardens, a visit to the arts and crafts style house is well worth a visit.
Dartington Hall – the gardens of this very old estate are well worth exploration at any time of year. The garden flows from the tilt yard and surrounding deep grass terraces, and integrates well with its natural landscape. There are woodland walks, wildflower meadows and a dry landscape Japanese garden. Still evolving, there is also wonderful sculpture to be seen as one wanders along the footpaths.
The Garden House – this 10 acre garden was created after World War II by Lionel Fortescue, a noted plant collector. There is interest around every corner and highlights include the terraced walled garden, which is considered to be one of the finest in the country, surrounding the ruins of the 16th century vicarage. Within the walls are a huge collection of shrubs and herbaceous plants. Set in a gorgeous, tranquil situation, one can enjoy the beautiful views over the surrounding hills before having a refreshing drink in the traditional cafe.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan – these wonderful botanical gardens are one of the most popular in United Kingdom. Created over a period from the mid -18th century up to the beginning of the 20th century, these gardens fell into neglect after the First World War. They were eventually restored in the 1990s, and they now boast a fabulous collection of aged and colossal Rhododendrons and Camellias, a series of lakes fed by a ram pump over 100 years old, highly productive flower and vegetable gardens, an Italian garden, and a stunning wild area filled with subtropical tree ferns called “The Jungle”.
Killerton – attached to the interesting country house at Killerton are beautiful gardens, both formal and parkland. Extending to 20 acres, the huge lawns next to the house lead into multi -coloured copses on the slopes above. There are numerous large and rare trees dotted around, herbaceous borders, and a folly, that is now known as the Bear’s Hut. The attractive walks lead one amongst flowering Rhododendrons and Magnolias.
Lukesland – this garden consists of 24 acres of woodland with flowering shrubs, trees and a wealth of wildflowers. It is in the beautiful setting of a small valley with cascading from that source on Dartmoor Street ponds and over waterfalls towards the River Erme. This garden has a multitude of impressive trees and colourful flowering shrubs that vary with the season.