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(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.
15th May & 14th Aug; 10am - 5pm
Spring to autumn
Large collection of camellias in March and the large outdoor collection of flowers in April.
Adult £5; Child free
Disabled access limited. Special events - telephone for details Plant sales every day; 11am - 4.30pm. Tea Room in house open Mon - Sat.
New Herbaceous and Grasses Border. Start of 5 year project to create a prairie and meadow garden.
Astilbe, Iris ensata, tulbaghia
Waterloo House Hotel, Ilfracombe Highcliffe House, Linton
Ring O' Bells, Prixford
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.
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.