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Seasons and areas of interest:

The garden looks superb all year round and has many plants of horticultural interest, including cultivars that were bred on site.

Winter interest comes with carpets of snowdrops and early bulbs. Highlights include the numerous snowdrop varieties, including many rare and unusual plants and our ‘Snowdrop Festival’ is becoming world renowned. The festival has come about due to Head Gardener, Matt Bishop (2003 -2012) – a snowdrop expert and co author of the definitive work on the genus, Snowdrops, A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus (Griffin Press 2001). Detailed species information can be provided on request.

Late Spring and early Summer: Rhododendrons and our famous Wisteria are huge highlights and early summer sees the start of the cottage garden planting coming into its own. The 2 acre walled garden is full of herbaceous perennial planting and is of horticultural interest for its long borders, vivid with colour throughout the summer, finishing with a magnificent display of Dahlias through to October.

The ‘Ovals’ are a feat of gardening architecture that are renowned worldwide and feature in many international garden design publications.

Autumn: the Acer Glade provides picturesque views of mature acer trees, with foliage colours from bright yellows through to deep burgundy. It is an area of the garden often used by media to show the ‘colours of autumn’.

The Jubilee Arboretum contains over 100 trees, many of them recent introductions from the temperate zones of the world. All carefully selected for their impact and interest throughout the seasons. (Opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO in 2013).

Key information:

Owned and managed by the Fortescue Garden Trust, The Garden House in Buckland Monachorum, is an idyllic, 10 acre English country garden gem set in a tranquil Devon valley. Several gardens in one, it features more than 6,000 different plant varieties and is not only a must for horticultural enthusiasts, but anyone with a passion for beautiful plants.

Education: The Garden House is one of the gardens used by the Professional Gardeners Guild for their three year Guild Diploma course, during which students spend one year in each of three different gardens. Each year two students join the gardening team to work and train in the garden.

Visitors enjoy free entry to the cafe, shop and well stocked plant sales area, offering a range of plants that mirrors those
on display in the garden. The cafe has a range of hot meals, cream teas, cakes and other refreshments on offer. Throughout the year there are events, courses and craft workshops. Children enjoy the exciting spaces and the garden trails.

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