The second part of my visit to The Garden House is of the Walled Garden and the terraced areas leading up to the Café.
On both sides of a very neatly mown grass path, which seemed far too good to actually walk on, there are deep double herbaceous borders, filled in late May with swathes of Alliums, Peonies, Lupins, Aconites, Wisteria and lots of other perennials just beginning to emerge.
Alliums and lupins
Aconite / Monkshood
Paeonia ‘Coral Charm’
Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’
Hakonechloa macra ‘all gold’
More wisteria, bronze fennel, grasses and architectural plants such as the Melianthus major, Hostas and Ligularia.
Eventually we made our way up to the Lower terrace and lawns to the café.
Behind the borders are more winding pathways among colourful shrubs and trees.
On every level there was planting to admire.
We didn’t have time to explore the lake and arboretum, as we wanted to have one last birthday treat and enjoy a Cream Tea – the Cornish way!
Naturally it was far too tempting not to have a look at the plant sales although I did intend only to look up the names of a geranium I fancied. However, resistance is futile and I walked away with a couple of new Hydrangea plants for the dappled shade border.
It is a garden I would love to go back to in a different season and being less than 2 hours from home it is entirely possible that we can do it on a day out.
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.
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.
Pimpinella major ‘Rosea’ / Pink Cow Parsley
Thalictrum / Meadow rue
The Magic Circle
Poppies and Salvias
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.
Views and Acer Glade
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.