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Snowdrop & Early Spring Weekends

Calling all snowdrop enthusiasts and garden visitors… It’s time to step outside and enjoy the signs of early spring. We’ll be opening for two weekends in February, to share the garden at this special time of year.

Our unusual snowdrop varieties beguile Galanthophiles and the early spring bulbs, scents and colours are a sight to lift the hearts of all gardeners. We are lucky to have a snowdrop advisor, Pat Eaton, who will be on hand for some of the time to help visitors make the most of their visit.

Adult admission is just £5.50 (Gift aided) or £5 standard. Children and Friends of The Garden House enjoy free entry.

Please make your own arrangements for refreshments as the tea rooms are closed until we open fully in April.



Winter walk and Q&A

Walk in the garden, question the experts and enjoy the season…

Enjoy the many winter sights of the garden, for a £3 donation. Friends of The Garden can enjoy the event for free and will have a behind the scenes walk and talk with the head gardener.

Everyone is welcome back at the house at 3pm for a fun question and answer session, where wine and mince pies will be available to buy. No need to book, just turn up on the day. We look forward to seeing you!

The garden is a special place all year round, but after the gates close to the public in late October, few people have access to enjoy it. Whether you are a keen gardener or just fancy getting out and about and making the most of the daylight this will be time well spent on a winter afternoon.

October half-term fun with leafy land-art

A free activity for children of all ages

Using our materials, create beautiful temporary art in the garden that all visitors can enjoy until the wind blows it away! If the weather is bad, this workshop will take place indoors, where we’ll use autumn materials to create artwork to take home.

It’s fun, free and a chance to create your own masterpiece

This activity is for children and adults. Volunteers will be on hand to provide materials and inspiration, but each artwork will be unique and you’ll be encouraged to create your own piece, rather than given something to copy…

There’s no extra charge for this activity, and you don’t need to book. It’s free with the usual garden entry fee. There are no set times, just drop in and spend as little or as much time as you like with your artwork.

Delicious Drake’s Trail

We’re thrilled to welcome back the runners and the scoffers for the Delicious Drake’s Trail this autumn. Runners will head from Tavistock to the Moorland Garden Hotel, via plenty of food, including our famous cakes. We’re not entirely sure what we’ll be tempting runners with. Perhaps a taste of special apple cake with added va-va-voom will do the trick.

Thinking about running? Want to eat cake?

If you are thinking about running in this colourful extravaganza feast-fest, here’s a photo from last year to inspire you. For more information, head to  See you on October 2nd…

Two people in fancy dress run through a garden on the 2015 Delicious Drake's Trail.

Photo copyright Guy Harrop. 


National Meadows Day Walk

Learn about our wonderful wild flower meadow

Take part in a guided walk this Saturday July 2nd, with Donna Cox, of the Moor Meadows community initiative. It’s a local group that is working hard to increase and celebrate the meadow lands of Dartmoor, so we’re very happy to have Donna on site to help visitors understand the workings of ours. The weather is forecast to be better in the afternoon than the morning, so you should be enjoying a walk through the meadow in the sunshine.

The Garden House meadow is one of many throughout the country that will be featured in this national event. We encourage you to come along and take the opportunity to learn about planting, ecosystems and maintenance from an expert.

This year the Dactylorhiza, or marsh orchids are looking better than ever. We have an innumerable  mix of pure and hybrid species, so if you an orchid enthusiast this walk will give you the opportunity to see what we’ve got…

Purple orchid close up showing spotted leaves

An orchid in the wild flower meadow

The guided walk is free for all garden visitors, usual gate fees apply, Friends of The Garden House free admission. There is no need to book but please be prompt as it will start at 2.30pm.

Head Gardeners’ Walk and Talk for Friends

Friends of The Garden House are invited to enjoy the garden in the company of our head gardener, Nick Haworth. These special, informative events provide a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to keep such a wonderful garden looking good throughout the year.

Learn how the winter-work changes the garden throughout the year

A June walk in the garden is a treat. You’ll spot the changes and recognise the impact of the winter work that Nick and his team carried out. Come rain and shine – but more often rain, they were out landscaping the area around the dovecote, crown-lifting many of the trees to re-establish lost views, as well as laying new pathways so that visitors less able to manage steps and slopes can enjoy more of the garden.

Man in grey jumper admiring a Magnolia Felix 'Jury'

Nick Haworth, Head Gardener

The fist changes each season after any winter work are always interesting. As we move through a very wet, cold spring into late spring and early summer we can see for the first time the way the trees are coming into leaf without restricting the views.

The area to the dell of turkey oaks is one of the original viewing points and has come into its own recently. It’s become a peaceful, secluded place, just a few steps up from a main path but offering a new way to reflect in a very green, restful area of the garden. The long view out towards the church at Buckland Monachorum is truly lovely.

The next talk for Friends is on June 2nd at 2pm. Meet at the Jubliee Arboretum entrance. Tea and cake afterwards.

If you aren’t a Friend why not become one? Friends membership costs just £28 per year and entitles you to visit the garden as often as you like. You will also be invited to special events. It’s a great value way to support the work of the charity that maintains and develops The Garden House.

Free introductory garden tours for all visitors are held each Friday.

A great night had by all…

Thank you to everyone who supported us by attending the fascinating “Behind the doors of No.10” talk on June 12th, given by Neill Mitchell. As a former Private Secretary to Mrs Thatcher, Neill was able to share insights about No.10 and also what it was like to work with the “Iron Lady.”  It was fascinating to hear just how hard she worked and what members of the cabinet sometimes had to say about her. And who could have guessed that on a visit to India she would  stay back and look after the office to let her team visit the Taj Mahal…

The event was a sell-out and helped us raise a good amount that will off-set the slow, cold-weather start we had to the season.

Come and see us at the Tavistock Garden Festival

We’re bringing our garden to the Tavistock Garden Festival at the end of May. The festival is the perfect time of year for gardeners to browse through the plant stalls in the Pannier Market and invest in one or two (or more!) new plans for the season.

We’ll be showcasing a variety of the unusual and special varieties of plants that make our garden unique. You’ll be able to get planting advice and helpful hints from us too. The plants on display at the Festival will be a taster of what is thriving in our 10 acre garden, just ten minutes away from Tavistock at Buckland Monachorum.

If you can’t visit the Festival, you can always call in at our plant centre. It’s free to enter and is open every day.