This garden is shear delight! My friend and I visited The Garden House in late June of 2010 on a misty morning which was actually a welcome relief from the uncharacteristic heat in days prior. We enjoyed being one of only a few visitors that day as we romped through the 8 acres showcasing more than 6000 plant varieties in southwestern England with splendid vistas of the Dartmoor Tors. This garden has a lot of surprises in a small space and everything looks like it belongs here and has for years – even the African Garden!
What really works in this garden is how plants have been combined to mimick nature’s own work – it just doesn’t appear to have been designed by man. It definitely looks like an English landscape in the way it is very green and lush with lots of stone walls but without the usual formalities. The very beautiful countryside setting (here you are almost to the border of Cornwall) affords you a view every once in awhile of the surrounding towns. The ruins of an old vicarage lies within the borders of The Walled Garden. Click here to see a map which will give you an idea of the layout of the property.
Here are some of the plants I saw.
The garden is open from March 1 through November 4. We enjoyed our breakfast in the lovely Tearoom (the 18th century former vicarage) which was a fitting way to start the day. Of course I had to visit their very well stocked nursery which sells many of the plants found in this garden. If you’re in this part of England, most definitely put it on your list to visit!
The Ovals Garden looking down
I’ll leave you with a quote about The Garden House from Alan Titchmarsh “…… a garden that I think is one of the finest in Britain.”