Marwood Hill Gardens, nr Barnstaple

Open all year from 9.30am – 5.30pm

Dr James Smart started the gardens in the 1950s. At that time they consisted of a neglected walled garden and its immediate surround. There were no trees or shrubs of merit. During the 1960s,extra pastureland was purchased, including the small stream through the valley. This was dammed in 1969 to make two lakes and the first greenhouse was built inside the walled garden.

Over the many years, new areas have been planted with new features added such as the Folly and the scented arbour. Dr Smart’s nephew, Dr John Snowdon, now owns the garden privately.

The Gardening Year

There is something worth seeing from February onwards when masses of snowdrops welcome the early spring, followed by the large collection of Magnolias together with the Rhododendrons and Cherry Blossom at Easter Time.

The large bog garden linked to the lakes is a haven for moisture-loving plants such as Astilbe, Iris and Wisteria and Hostas.

During the summer months the areas around the walled garden are a mass of colourful blooms and the walls are draped with Clematis. As autumn approaches the hardy cyclamen around the bases of the trees start to produce their pink and white flowers and the autumn tints of the trees give one last burst of colour.

The Walled Garden Plant Sales

A wide range of plants at very competitive prices is for sale throughout the year. Many unusual plants and new plants are raised from seed and cuttings taken from those growing on raised beds and scree area. Many plants not available in garden centres can be bought at Marwood.

Yapham would definitely recommend you pay a visit to this lovely garden during your stay.