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Winter is a busy time…….

Although The Garden House is closed to the public from November to 1 March, it is a time when we are busy with improvements for next season.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from the John Spedan Lewis Foundation we are producing new display boards to help visitors interpret The Garden House. There will be a range of interesting and educational panels covering our early history, horticultural story and how we came to be the beautiful garden that you see today.

Outside, you may have enjoyed tea on the terrace this summer. Al fresco eating has proved so popular that we are extending the paved area outside the Tearooms. So fingers crossed for more fine summers!

We are planning to improve the paths towards the far end of the Long Walk and in the Acer Glade, making them a little friendlier for wheelchairs users and those with limited mobility. This work is being made possible by a contribution from Plymouth and District Disabled Fellowship.

The redevelopment of the Quarry Garden around the existing pools is already underway. A grant from the Lillie Johnson Trust has helped finance this work which will enhance the planting and open up the view to the Summer House.

We are extremely grateful to our supporters for their generous sponsorship and it won’t be long before you are able to share these improvements with us. We look forward to welcoming you to The Garden House in 2015.

Louise  at the Quarry Bank

Louise at the Quarry Bank

Dave cutting down a Magnolia

Dave cutting down a Magnolia

Pam with bonfire

Pam with bonfire

Steven & Petra doing Dahlias

Steven & Petra doing Dahlias


The Bioblitz on Sept 1

was a wonderful event despite the mist and drizzle.

A happy band of keen emerging ecologists clad in welly boots and coats worked with naturalists, scientists & volunteers the whole day to collect data, which will be published at a later date.

The Garden House tea room kept the budding naturalists, parents and volunteers supplied with hot food and drinks.     Click on any picture to enlarge.


Autumn is Coming

Head Gardener Nick Haworth says that the Autumn colours should be very good this year. Many trees and bushes have started to show their Autumn colours early. The Euonymus Oxyphyllus otherwise known as the Burning Bush or the Korean Spindle Tree is just beginning to change giving a hint of  colours to come for this most beautiful of Autumn Plants.

It is located down the slope from the Cottage Garden along the path to the left of the modern but seemingly ancient walls of a dwelling.