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Devon Gardens from the splendour of Killerton to the intimacy of Rosemoor to the history of Bicton Park

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rosemoor RHS Rosemoor Gardens developed from 8 Acres gifted to the RHS by Lady Anne Berry in 1998, to create a garden of national importance laid out over a 40 acre estate overlooking the River Torridge Valley. Opened to the public in 1990. Formal gardens, cottages gardens, a potager, Lady Anne Garden, herbaceous borders, a fern gully, and stream and bog gardens. In summer the collection of roses is absolutely stunning. A lakeside walk. Vegetable garden, with some of the straightest rows you are likely to see.

Above all Rosemoor is a garden for all seasons, for everyone from the expert gardener to the beginner. Lectures and guided garden walks . Visitor Centre, plant shop and restaurant. Getting there, Rosemoor is a mile south of Torrington, in North Devon. Follow the brown tourist signs from the town centre.

national-trust Arlington Court National Trust. Built in 1822 in a neo classical style, as the home of the Chichester family. With informal gardens and a Victorian conservatory See how the restoration of the Walled kitchen garden is coming on.

bicton-garden Bicton Park Botanical Gardens With a blend of timeless tranquillity and modern amenities, these magnificent historic gardens provide floral beauty and family enjoyment throughout the year. The 63-acre (25 ha) park, superbly landscaped with lakes, fountains and more than 1000 trees, is renowned for its 18th-century formal Italian Garden and 19th-century Palm House, which ranks among the world’s most elegant glass buildings. Rare and exotic plants include orchids, cacti and brilliantly colourful shrubs.

A narrow-gauge railway offers scenic rides, and there are spacious indoor and outdoor play areas for children, as well as a large museum, restaurant, gift shop, garden centre and nature trail. Getting there: On the Budleigh Salterton road, 5 miles south of Newton Poppleford, 10 miles SE of Exeter.

coleton-fishacre Coleton Fishacre a few miles along the coast from Brixham is this real gem of a gentlemen's residence with a sun trap of a garden. suntrap of garden. Built in the 1920s for the D'Oyly Carte family now cared for by the National Trust.

greenway Greenway Garden reachable by foot ferry from Dartmouth to Dittisham hence across the River. A often steeply sloping woodland garden, once home to the authoress Agatha Christie. Tantalising views of the Dart. A stiff walk along the Dart Trail from Kingswear. Please note the house itself is undergoing restoration and not usually opened to the public. National Trust

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