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Marwood, Barnstaple,
Devon, EX31 4EB



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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
(2010 dates) 1st Mar - 31st Oct; 10am - 5pm
Plant sales & tea room; Mar - Oct; daily; 11am - 4.30pm
21st and 28th Feb: Snowdrop & Hellebore Sundays.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

Groups welcome

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

15th May & 14th Aug; 10am - 5pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring to autumn

To see:

Large collection of camellias in March and the large outdoor collection of flowers in April.

Admission Prices

Adult £5; Child free

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Disabled access limited. Special events - telephone for details Plant sales every day; 11am - 4.30pm. Tea Room in house open Mon - Sat.

Garden Features & Events

New Herbaceous and Grasses Border. Start of 5 year project to create a prairie and meadow garden.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:

Astilbe, Iris ensata, tulbaghia

Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Waterloo House Hotel, Ilfracombe Highcliffe House, Linton

Inns & Pubs:

Ring O' Bells, Prixford

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

The 20 acre garden was started in 1950 by the present owner, it has three small lakes and a stream with waterside planting. There are large collections of many plants starting with snowdrops in February followed by naturalised daffodils and bluebells. The gardens hold Magnolias in March and April and a large collection of camellias outside and inside a greenhouse. Many rhododendrons have been planted in this garden and cherries are in flower by Easter, followed by primulas, astilbes, irises in the Bog Garden and other herbaceous plants. There is a wisteria pergola and a collection of clematis as well as a rockery and alpine scree. Good autumn colour is a feature at the end of the season.

History Of Garden

The garden was started by its owner, Dr J.A Smart (sadly now deceased) in 1950 and designed by him, it has changed from its initial state as rough pastureland, to a blooming garden of flowers, with a small steam that runs through a field that was dammed in 1968 to form two lakes.

The original eight-acre garden was increased to the present 20 acres by the purchase of the adjoining field in 1980.
Many new features have been added in recent years. The garden has been inherited by Dr. Smart's nephew, Dr. Snowdon, who will I understand, carry on his uncle's good work.

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