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Gardens & Gardening

Gardens to visit in Devon and Cornwall.  From the early spring daffodils and the National Camellia collection glowing in the bright woods beside the blue Cornish sea, to the scents and delicate colours of the Elizabethan style gardens of Devon's Buckland Abbey, the fabulous wildflower meadows of the Garden House, the amazing landscaped riverside gardens of Hotel Endsleigh, there is so much for garden-lovers to see on both the Devon and the Cornwall side of Tamar.    

 

The Garden House near Yelverton is one of the finest in Britain, with lots to see all year round. From the formal walled terrace gardens to the sprawling colours of the cottage garden and the delicate beauty of the bulb meadow, there is always something new to see. The gardens are built around the remains of an old medieval house and barn, and delicious teas are available in the 18th century vicarage building.

Cotehele, Buckland Abbey and Mount Edgecumbe all have beautiful gardens and estates to explore.

Cotehele has a woodland garden that falls down dramatically to the River Tamar, and a heritage orchard of old Tamar Valley fruits. You can also walk around the tranquil Cotehele estate, along the river to Calstock, or perhaps up into the lost flower fields of the Danescombe valley, where the daffodils still bloom among the trees now growing in their forgotten fields.

Mount Edgecumbe's seaside estate hosts the National Camellia collection, and also has a very striking formal garden - both can be viewed free of charge. The Earl's garden is open in summer, and can be viewed by visitors to the house.

Buckland Abbey continues the Tudor theme with a recreated Elizabethan garden. Box-edged beds contain old richly-scented plants, and there is a small orchard planted with old varieties of fruit from the Tamar Valley and beyond. There are also attractive modern gardens with flowering rhododendrons and camellias.

 

Gardening dates for your diary

Not far from the quiet reaches of the upper Tamar , you will find the Coombe Trenchard Edwardian Estate at Lewtrenchard. Although the estate is only open to the public for special events, the annual Arts & Crafts Garden Festival held in June deserves a special mention.

 

Garden Centres & Nurseries in the Tamar Valley

If you are a garden enthusiast, why not visit some of the specialist nurseries and garden centres of the Tamar Valley? You'll find expert staff and unusual plants, some of them heritage varieties unique to the Valley.

Business Name Places to stay / Eat
Gospenheale Barn Gospenheale Barn showing safe garden and parking area Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

Carefully restored in 2006 using local materials, the barn retains much of its original character with granite lintels, oak beams and Cornish rag slates and yet makes use of modern 'green' technology with solar panels and underfloor heating.... more

Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park Houses & Gardens

Former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe.

 

Miraculously the walls of his red stone Tudor House survived a direct hit by bombs in 1941 and it was restored by the Earl in 1958.

Now beautifully furnished with family... more

Around the Valley Tours Pilgrim walks at Plymouth's Mayflower steps Guided Tours

Walks, talks and boat train and coach trips can be organised for individuals, small parties, wedding guests and special interest groups up and down the valley, from Plymouth to Bude via Launceston and of course further afield.

The ... more

Trematon Castle Gardens Houses & Gardens

In a miniature mediaeval castle lies a minimalist regency villa with a magical garden and magnificent views.

In 2012, garden designers Julian and Isabel Bannerman moved in and began to plant a garden which is intended to play to the Castle... more

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