English Gardens - South
Lady Anne's Garden
Anne's Garden is reached from the underpass beneath the A3124. There is
a small sitting area with display panels about Lady Anne and her
garden. The Upper Bog Garden has been developed for the National
Collection of Water Iris which flower in May and June.
The Bicentennary Arboretum contains trees from the temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere which have been planted according to their geographical origins. Many of the species are becoming rare in their natural habitats. This also includes species of Whitebeam which are only found in localised areas in Devon. The C18th gazebo was moved here from Palmer House in Great Torrington and provides a view across the arboretum.
The Woodland Garden on the steep south west facing slope above the arboretum forms part of Lady Anne’s Original Garden. As well as native deciduous trees, it includes a variety of ornamental woodland trees and flowering shrubs, including some of the cherry species given to her by Collingwood Ingram.
Around the house are a series of small gardens create by Lady Anne. The Exotic Garden was previously the old vegetable garden and is planted with plants with an exotic appearance.
The Mediterranean Garden gets sun all day and the plants have been chosen to survive hot dry soils. The ornamental terra cotta pots add a Mediterranean feel.
The house is a lovely old whitewashed building with a grassy area with flower beds in front of it.
By it is Lock’s Trail. Peter Lock was Lady Anne’s gardener from 1967 and stayed with the garden when it was given to the RHS until he retired in 2001. The trail follows is daily path to work and is planted with trees, shrubs, ferns and plants that need a sheltered woodland setting.
It contains several unusual species, including this unidentified one...
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