When you visit the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean this summer, you will be spoilt for choice...
It is currently National Gardening Week and there are few better places in the country to celebrate it than Devon.
As the third largest county in England, Devon is the destination of choice for anyone looking for a staycation holiday filled with beautiful, unspoiled countryside.
With spring well underway, Devon’s gardens are alive with colour and smells. Being the only county in the country to have two coastlines and boasting some of the finest rural areas in England, there are a great deal of nature-based days out to enjoy.
But few are as traditional, relaxing and picturesque as a visit to the best gardens in Devon. Whether you are looking for rugged and wild areas, fun-filled family days out with amusements and attractions or a walks through history, let us show you the best gardens in Devon to visit during National Gardening Week.
Lady Anne Palmer and her mother made Rosemoor their home back in 1931, when they described the garden as ‘dull and labour intensive’. Now the gardens offer something for everyone across its 65 acres including the Woodland Walks, Lady Anne’s arboretum amongst the ornamental shrubs, perennials, roses, fruit and veg patches, a hot garden and many more. Rosemoor is continuously developing and planting new and exciting flora, including an orchard of heritage Devon apples.
Situated on the banks of the River Exe, Powderham Castle is just a short drive from the historic cathedral city of Exeter. Its stunning deer park is one of Devon’s finest sights in the spring and summer sun.
More than a million people have visited the castle and its gardens since opening to visitors in 1959, where you can explore the rose garden and chapel, the American woodland, Pet’s corner and the 600 years of history within the castle walls.
The Fast Rabbit Farm Gardens are perfect for anyone looking for traditional, spacious and colourful gardens.
Just three miles from Dartmouth the owners decided to create a garden within the shelter of the Strawberry Valley which now spans 42 acres.
Deliberately kept wild and full of plants native to this corner of Devon, you can peacefully walk along paths taking you past rivers, streams, lakes and even waterfalls. The rhododendrons are currently in full flower, as the gardens spring to life.
Opening in 1975, the Beer Heights Light Railway – which has been the main attraction at Pecorama – only had a very small garden area before horticulturist Arthur Faulkner helped to introduce the colourful and dynamic spaces that can be enjoyed today.
The Millennium Gardens were created to celebrate the Millennium and include a Sun, Moon and Rainbow garden where you can relax in the roof garden, amble down the scented walkways and the snake path while being amazed by the incredible attention to detail.
If you are looking for tranquillity then be on the look for the Secret Garden, hidden somewhere within the Pecorama gardens.
While there are beautiful walks across Devon, if you are looking for a garden filled with vibrant plants and designs, you won’t be short of options during your stay at a luxury holiday cottage in Devon.
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