AboutVisiting Gardens in Devon & Cornwall
Not far from The Garden House is the new garden at Wildside, a new project created by Keith Wiley, until 2003 the head gardener/manager of The Garden House. This ambitious new garden where natural landscapes are the inspiration for both planting and painting is well worth a visit.
Cotehele, Buckland Abbey and Mount Edgecumbe all have beautiful gardens and estates to explore.
Cotehele has a woodland garden that falls down dramatically to the River Tamar, and a heritage orchard of old Tamar Valley fruits. You can also walk around the tranquil Cotehele estate, along the river to Calstock, or perhaps up into the lost flower fields of the Danescombe valley, where the daffodils still bloom among the trees now growing in their forgotten fields.
Mount Edgecumbe's seaside estate hosts the National Camellia collection, and also has a very striking formal garden - both can be viewed free of charge. The Earl's garden is open in summer, and can be viewed by visitors to the house.
Buckland Abbey continues the Tudor theme with a recreated Elizabethan garden. Box-edged beds contain old richly-scented plants, and there is a small orchard planted with old varieties of fruit from the Tamar Valley and beyond. There are also attractive modern gardens with flowering rhododendrons and camellias.
Gardening dates for your diary
Not far from the quiet reaches of the upper Tamar , you will find the Coombe Trenchard Edwardian Estate at Lewtrenchard. Although the estate is only open to the public for special events, the annual Arts & Crafts Garden Festival held in June deserves a special mention.
Another special garden open for a few days a year is Ince Castle Five acres of modern woodland gardens planted with bulbs and with river views all around are well worth a visit if you are visiting the Valley between March and July.
Garden Centres & Nurseries in the Tamar Valley
If you are a garden enthusiast, why not visit some of the specialist nurseries and garden centres of the Tamar Valley? You'll find expert staff and unusual plants, some of them heritage varieties unique to the Valley.
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