A new waterfall bursts into life at The Garden House

A striking new waterfall, inspired by world renowned landscape designer, Humphry Repton, is set to give garden fans a new reason to visit the exquisite gardens of The Garden House, Devon - as they enjoy its Spring flower display.

The dramatic waterfall has been handmade from local Dartmoor stone and channels water flowing through the garden into a gulley below, at the foot of the renowned Acer Glade.

The new waterfall was built by Garden Foreman, David Milburn, a keen dry stone waller, who was inspired by Humphry Repton’s waterfalls at Hotel Endsleigh in Dartmoor - and was very much a creative process for the team.

Head Gardener, Nick Haworth says: “The rill originally just went over quite a narrow channel and the bank either side was planted with Cardamine ‘Wildside’ a vigorous evergreen marginal the overall effect of which was more  ‘wet Devon bank’ than dramatic garden feature.” 

“I knew David had the skill set as a gifted dry stone waller. The quality and detailed design of the waterfall is all down to him - there were no drawings - just his natural feel for the stone. Use of a granite from the original Rectory building helps tie the scheme back to the origin of the site and the walled garden.”

Eventually the hard landscaping will be softened with a planting of Water forget me not, Royal Fern and Cotton grass.

 “The new waterfall makes a striking and relaxing addition to the garden - which is coming into bloom beautifully right now,” said The Garden House General Manager, Donna Wadham. “I’d like to congratulate Dave and Nick for all their hard work and encourage people to come along to see it and enjoy our Spring bulbs and flowers.”

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