Eight acres of colour and interest throughout the season, featuring 'naturalistic planting' within a beautiful South Devon landscape on the edge of mystical Dartmoor National Park.
The extraordinary variety of planting more than 6,000 different varieties - ensures a feast of colour and interest from March to November.
At the heart of this magical place is the walled garden, designed and planted by Lionel Fortescue and his wife Katherine in the mid-1940s. Lionel's successor, Keith Wiley, added his own stamp to this part of the garden, particularly in the Ovals Garden, a sculpture in stone and planting centred on a thatched summerhouse.
Parts of the walled garden are being restored and rejuvenated in keeping with the Fortescue tradition of having only the best plants in the garden. This is being done by the current Head Gardener - Nick Haworth.
Brooding over all is the ruin of the vicarage tower: the vicarage tower was replaced in the 19th century by what is now the Garden House, where the visitor can enjoy morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas in a beautiful mansion.
Beyond the walls of the old vicarage is a glorious garden offering a host of delights, like the Cottage Garden and the magnificent South African Garden.
The Garden House is at the forefront of a revolution in 'naturalistic planting' - working in harmony with nature rather than against it, allowing flowers to intermingle to provide living kaleidoscopes of colour.
Another highlight is the Acer Glade: in March it has thousands of Crocus; in April and May azaleas and rhododendrons flower; in October see the autumn colour of the Japanese Maples.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant - Tearoom for 90 max, serving morning coffe, light lunches and afternoon teas.
- Approx length of visit - 04:00
- In countryside
- Max group size - 40
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Delta accepted
- JCB accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Min group size - 10
- Solo accepted
- Special group rates
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.1 Mar-31 Oct only.
Map & Directions
From Plymouth: Follow A386 towards Tavistock; the garden is signposted left off this road just after the golf course, before reaching Yelverton. Follow the road through Crapstone; the garden can be found on the right before reaching Buckland Monachorum. From Yelverton: Follow A386 from Yelverton towards Plymouth. Look out for the brown tourist sign soon after the roundabout, turn right. Follow the road through Crapstone; the garden can be found on the right before reaching Buckland Monachorum.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Plymouth station. By bus, catch the Tavistock bus to Yelverton , then the 55 service to Buckland Monachorum. Please check times in advance.
|The Garden House (1 Mar 2019 - 3 Nov 2019)|
* Open 1 March 2019 – 3 November 2019, 10.30am – 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm).
Standard ticket £9.00, Gift aided ticket £10.00, Children 15 and under free of charge.
Then November, December, January and February open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11am - 3pm.
Still free admission to tea rooms, plant centre and shop.