Garden Portrait: The Garden House Part I

My visit to south Devon would naturally have to include a garden tour. This time The Garden House in nearby Buckland Monachorum, a mere 15 mins from the hotel we were staying in. I have read a lot about this garden so I was expecting good things.

Originally a family home and private garden purchased by the Fortescue family back in 1945, The Garden House is now run by the Fortescue Garden Trust, a small charity committed to developing and maintaining this special place, for everyone to enjoy.

It is a true plantsman’s paradise.

Hardy Geraniums

I have split this post into two parts – this one will take you around the main garden which consists of several areas all connected by meandering pathways. In some ways it reminded me very much of the delightful East Lambrook Manor garden which we visited last year, only much larger.

The first area is the summer garden which leads through to the cottage garden and to the ‘Magic Circle’. You can’t rush. There are so many beautiful plants to see and admire.

From there we wandered through the Acer Glade, around the Wildflower Meadow and along the Jungle Path to Wisteria Bridge. This part of the garden must look absolutely stunning in autumn dress.

Finally a Bulb Meadow takes you onto the lane across which you will find the Walled Garden which is the focus of my second post.

Jo’s Monday Walk

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

36 thoughts on “Garden Portrait: The Garden House Part I”

  1. I didn’t hurry, Jude. I especially love your astrantia photos and the meadow rue. Thanks a lot! Have a great week in your garden.

  2. Oh Jude this is fabulous. So enjoyed this wander about the garden.
    But plantsman I know it is generic but still doesn’t sit right. I much prefer gardener as to me plantsman more refers to a horticulturist or plant/gardening expert. This garden pleases me no end and I am just a gardener.
    Thanks for taking this gardener along ❤

    1. I think of a plantsman as someone who enjoys plants so appreciates there being lots of them rather than a more formal and structured garden. I’m just a gardener too and I could have wandered around for hours. Walled garden tomorrow 😁

    1. I bet the bridge was even better a couple of weeks earlier. A lovely garden though and well worth the wait to visit it.

      1. My FB memories today told me that four years ago we were visiting Tremenheere Gardens, with a photo of Saint Michael’s Mount viewed from the top. This must have been the same day we met for lunch. How time flies.

    1. Thanks Christina – it was a lovely afternoon wandering around this garden, hardly anyone else there too so it felt like it was ours. If only!

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