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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.

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.

Budding young horticulturists visit

Young Horticulturist of the Year 2016

It was a pleasure to welcome the 2016 Young Horticulturist of the Year, Lawrence Wright, for a garden tour with our head gardener, Nick Haworth. Lawrence beat over 2,000 entrants to win the award, which comes with a prize of the Percy Thrower bursary, which is £2,500 for a career-enhancing gardening road-trip.

He visited the garden along with fellow RHS students Brendan Arundel and Tom King. The three of them enjoyed a sunlit garden tour, through all ten acres, including a behind the scenes opportunity to chat with all the gardeners.

Garden House Magic is working this summer

The garden made a great impression on the students, who dropped in as part of a Devon garden tour. In horticultural circles the Garden House is famed for it’s evolving naturalistic style and this summer it is looking incredible. The new planting is magnificent and many visitors are telling us they have never seen it looking so good. Perhaps Lawrence, Brendan and Tom will take ideas back and in future years we’ll see more gardens that have a touch of Garden House magic.

Young Horticulturist of hte Year 2016 Lawrence Wright stands in a wild flower meadow

L-R Nick Haworth, Tom King, Brendan Arundel, Lawrence Wright, pictured in the cottage garden.

If you would like to learn more about the award, please visit The Chartered Institute of Horticulture.