We are back again with a blog post that the garden lovers of the family will enjoy. This week we are focusing on all the wonderful gardens in East Devon.
Bicton Botanical Gardens – Budleigh Salterton
This award-winning World Heritage Botanical Garden is open all year round. With over 64 acres to explore, you are sure to be anything but bored in these spectacular gardens. The garden’s history goes back 300 hundred years and is home to many rare and beautiful species. The Palm House is something to be admired with its 18,000 panes of glass and was built 20 years before Kew gardens!
Burrow Farm Gardens
Hidden away in East Devon is the secret garden of Burrow Farm, nestled away in the idyllic countryside, between Axminster and Honiton. When it comes to your choice of gardens you are spoilt at Burrow Farm with 13 acres of gardens to explore. There is something for everyone including the Woodland Garden which is the oldest part of the farm with mature Rhododendrons and ancient field Maple. Then there is the Millenium Garden which is a formal colour themed garden created to celebrate the Millenium. Next up is the Rose Garden where delicious scents float about during the summer months.
The Terrace Garden is perfect for those with a love of cottage gardens. The garden is structured by stonework, gravel paths and filled with cottage style plants. The Anniversary Garden is filled with ornamental grasses which were created to celebrate 50 years of Burrow Farm. Next is the Azalea Glade which was created in 2007 from a bramble patch. A sweet garden that is perfect for any time of the year with its variety of planting. Finally, you can explore the wildflower meadows and other grounds found in this wonderful garden. Once you have finished exploring you can head to the tearoom for a cream tea or even pick up a plant to take home from their nursery.
Yonder Hill Garden
Escape to Colaton Raleigh in East Devon and discover the hidden treasure of Yonder Hill Garden, open to the public for charity under the National Gardens Scheme. It is open every Sunday and Bank Holiday from April 5th to September 27th 1.30pm – 4.30pm. The garden is set in 3.5 acres in the Otter Valley which provides guests with magnificent views. The garden itself, although not conventional provides a sense of peace and tranquillity. There is a wide variety of planting including traditional shrubs to a fern collection.
This council garden is open to the public to enjoy, once belonging to Blackmore House which stood on the site now used by the health centre. The beautiful park garden includes herbaceous designs, an aromatic garden, grasses and more.
These beautiful gardens come with a long history. The formal use of this land dates back to around 1820 when Emmanual Lousada who owned the nearby Peak House started construction of another property called Cliff Cottage. Years later Sidmouth Urban District Council decided to purchase the gardens and create a garden space to be enjoyed by all. They created flower beds and children’s play areas. Situated within high walls this garden still boasts a lovely lawned area in which children can play as well as a range of different flower and plant beds.
Another wonderful park garden that is owned by the local council. Originally part of an old Manor House which was home to the Ducarel family during the 18th century. The garden boasts mature trees, herbaceous borders, a rose garden and a sub-tropical bed. The perfect place to wander around and enjoy on a spring or summer day.
We hope you have enjoyed our blog and perhaps have discovered a new garden that you just have to visit. If so there are plenty of high-quality B&B or Self Catering Accommodation available in East Devon. Be sure to give you a website a browse for more information.