I arrived to an overgrown ruin during July 1999 determined to create a summer garden from scratch inside the walls. Winding paths encourage visitors to explore borders up to 40ft deep. Clematis clamber up the walls and shrubbery. Wander freely amongst giant bamboo or go inside the teak-built Victorian greenhouses we restored ourselves. There's also a giant pergola and a gazebo big enough for forty. But perhaps the best description comes from our visitors. "Absolutely stunning & beautiful!! Best I've seen". Sam & Paula Dellar, Seattle, WA, USA.
Built circa 1880. Originally a walled flower garden and adjacent vegetable garden. Photos show up to 30 gardeners. Full history and photos of the house inside (1905) available in covered exhibition. The site steadily deteriorated into a ruin after 1933 until its surprise discovery by the present owners in 1999.
Too many to list. But the gardens contain large collections of bamboo, bougainvillea, clematis, dahlia, hibiscus, hedychium, helenium, hosta, thymus and salvia.
Winsford Walled Garden, Winsford Lane, Halwill Junction, Devon, England, EX21 5XT
April 05 to October 31 daily. Open 9:30am to 5pm (last entry).
Adults £5. Children over 12 £1.50.