2016 the 300 year anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown and as such has been dubbed the 'Year of the English Garden'. Part One of our two-part guide will hopefully encourage you to explore the wonderful gardens South Devon has to offer.
Travel back in time to the Jazz Age at the country home of the D’Oyly Carte family with its magical 30-acre garden where paths weave through glades, past tranquil ponds and tender plants in the moist and sheltered valley.
In Spring, the former holiday home of crime writer Agatha Christie bursts into life this time of year. The estate’s glorious and romantic woodland gardens are famous for spring blooms including camellias, rhododendrons and swathes of spring bulbs.
The seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck is perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe, with amazing views over the estuary and coast. The gardens contain a hidden paradise of tropical plants, including palm trees, banana plants, citrus and olive trees.
Homeyards is on a sloping hillside above Shaldon with fantastic views of Teignmouth and the coastline beyond. The gardens, created in the late 1920s and early 1930s, feature a castle ruin; pond and rill garden; and Italian Garden.
Lose yourself along secluded walks in Saltram's garden or laze about on the grass. It's an ideal space for all ages to explore, with expansive lawns, romantic follies, impressive avenues and a working orangery with fountain outside.
The Garden House is a beautiful garden steeped in history and set in a tranquil Devon valley with a diverse plant collection of nearly 6,000 varieties. Wonderful examples of naturalistic planting can be found at the Acer Glade, Wildflower and Bulb Meadows and Cottage Garden.
These magnificent Grade 1 listed gardens are set in the picturesque Otter Valley. The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquility with modern amenities, featuring historic glasshouses, nature trail, maze, restaurant and shop.