Exmoor Gardens and Nurseries

Open Gardens and Commercial Nurseries around Exmoor in North Devon and West Somerset

Opening Location Garden and Details
Private visits welcome May, June, July by appt. UPTON
Near Wiveliscombe
Bittescombe Manor

5 acre garden 950ft up on the Brendon Hills.  Walled garden with newly planted topiary, pleached lime, shrubbery, large water garden and herbaceous borders.  Cream Teas in aid of Upton Church.  Adm £plse ring. chd free.  
(Mr & Mrs D Wood)  6m N of Bampton, on B3190.  On B3227 Taunton-Wiveliscombe rd, follow signs to Huish Champflower. L at Castle Inn, L at B3190 to Upton.
Tel 01398 371240
Private visits welcome by appt. MINEHEAD

1/4acre gently sloping garden with fine views. Variety of small trees and shrubs surround colour themed herbaceous beds, with lilies, delphiniums and roses. Clematis and honeysuckles on trellises. Low retaining walls with unusual dwarf plants. Narrow paths and steps unsuitable for pushchairs. Adm £plse ring Chd free. (11am-4pm)  
TA24 8DQ (Mr & Mrs Scott)  Centre of Minehead Wellington Sq. turn L into Park St (signed Porlock) 2nd right Western Lane. At top turn L. Plse. park in road.
Please telephone 01643-704185
58 yr-old garden on edge of ancient woodland, overlooking Porlock Bay. Choice rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, maples, roses, hydrangeas, ferns, small woodland plants and clematis. National collections of Polystichum, (the Thumbs-up fern), Erythronium (dogs-tooth violets), Vaccinium (blue-berries) and Gaultheria. Completely organic with compost heaps on show. TEA. Adm: £plse ring  
TA24 8NU (Miss Joan Loraine)  0.5m W of Porlock, L off road to Porlock Weir. 
Private visits please ring 01643-862363


ELWORTHY Elworthy Cottage

1 acre plantsman's garden with many unusual herbaceous plants. Large collection of hardy geraniums (over 200 varieties); hellebores, pulmonarias, campanulas, penstemons, violas, grasses and plants for foliage effect. Wide selection from the garden for sale. TEAS. Adm: £plse ring. Chd free. Nursery & Garden open.
TA4 3PX  (Mike & Jenny Spiller) 12m NW of Taunton on B3188. 
Coaches and groups welcome, by appt. tel:01984-656427
OPEN ALL YEAR ARLINGTON Arlington Court  National Trust
Nestling in the thickly-wooded valley of the River Yeo lies the 1,400-ha (3,500-acre) Arlington Court estate. At its centre stands Arlington Court, the intimate and intriguing Victorian home of Miss Rosalie Chichester. Crowded with treasures amassed from her travels, her collections include model ships, tapestry, pewter and shells. In the basement, from May to Sept visitors can view the comings and goings of Devon’s largest colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats via the newly-installed ‘batcam’. Arlington’s stable block houses one of the best collections of 19th-century horse-drawn vehicles in the country and offers carriage rides around the grounds. 
The 12-ha (30-acre) gardens are largely informal, featuring a beautiful Victorian garden complete with conservatory and ornamental ponds
leading to a partially-restored walled kitchen garden. Stunning walks take in historic parkland grazed by Jacob sheep and Shetland ponies, leafy woodlands, a tranquil lake with heronry and bird hide, deep forests and stream-fed valleys.
EX31 4LP  7m NE Barnstaple on A39.
MAR-OCT INSTOW Tapeley Park Gardens

Large Country House surrounded by 20 acres of mainly organic gardens in 4 distinct themes, with a rich and fascinating variety of flowers, shrubs, veg, and wild life;  Italian Terraces, Traditional walled Kitchen Garden, Organic Permaculture Garden and The Lake.  Woodland walks. Children's adventure playground (hidden in the Wild Garden). Tea Rooms.  Plants sales.  Pets, Highland Cattle and Black Berkshire Pigs.
Scotts Clematis (RHS Gold medal winners) are based here stocking 500 varieties.
Reasonable wheelchair access.  Dogs welcome on leads.
EX39 4NT  (Off A39 on B3233. )  Near Bideford  
Tel (01271) 342558

Stunning 40 acre garden in the beautiful Torridge Valley.  Lake, Arboretum, Formal Gardens.  For all gardeners from novice to professional, or just for those who appreciate the peace and tranquility of the English Garden.  
Explorer trails for children. Free Parking area and picnic area.
Licensed restaurant, Plant Centre and Gift Shop.
Guide dogs only.
EX38 8PH  1 mile S Great Torrington on B3220 
Tel (01805) 624067
near Taunton
Hestercombe Gardens
Encompasses over 3 centuries of garden history in 50 acres of formal gardens and parkland.  Famous Edwardian gardens designed by Lutyens and Jekyll created in 1904-6, together with landscape garden designed by Copplestone Warre Bampfylde in the 1750's. 40 acres of lakes, temples and woodland walks. Light refreshments and Teas.  Adm: £plse ring.
TA2 8LG  4m N of Taunton. Follow tourist information daisy symbol.
near Minehead
Dunster Castle

Terraces of sub-tropical plants, shrubs and camellias surrounding the fortified home of the Luttrell family for 600yrs; fine views. Self-drive battery operated car available for disabled.
TA24 6SL  3 miles south-east of Minehead on A39
FEB - NOV SAMPFORD PEVERILL, near Tiverton  Sampford Shrubs

A specialist retail nursery growing a wide range of hardy plants.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 1 April to 16 September inclusive. 10am to 5pm
6m E of Tiverton. From M5 junction 27 follow signs to 'Minnows' camping site then continue 300 metres up Holbrook Hill (on Holcombe Rogus Rd).
Tel: 01884 821164
 APR - SEPT SAMPFORD PEVERILL, near Tiverton  Holbrook Garden

2-acre, 30yr-old S-facing garden with innovative naturalistic plantings - a wet garden with primulae and iris followed by heleniums, big grasses and echinaceas; a stone garden with a butterfly rich planting of verbena bonariensis, salvia uliginosa and ratibida pinnata together with many pokers and agapanthus; and a developing damp summer meadow with asters, helenium species, lobelia species, purple loosestrifes and persicarias. 
National TV and several national gardening magazines.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 1 April to 16 September inclusive. 10am to 5pm
Tel: 01884 821164
MAR - OCT MARWOOD, near Barnstaple Marwood Hill

20 acre valley garden created by Dr J.A. Smart.  The landscaping is delightful with three small lakes, a large bog garden and a rock and alpine scree.
A supreme example of a plantsman's collection of supreme plants; roses (mainly old-fashioned & climbers); rhododendrons & azaleas; plants under glass; daffodils; good herbaceous plants; fine collection of trees; alpine plants; birches; Eucalyptus; camellias; hebes.
The National Collections of 'Iris ensata' , tulbahias and astilbes are held here.
EX31 4EB  Opposite Marwood Church, 4 miles north of Barnstaple, 0.5 mile west of B3230.