The beautiful gardens in and around the English Riviera
Please find below a selection of beautiful gardens to visit and enjoy in and around the English Riviera.
More gardens are included in the National Trust and English Heritage pages.
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Torre Abbey, The King's Drive, Torquay TQ2 5JE
Torre Abbey's award-winning garden is famed for exuberant plantings of herbaceous perennials, roses and dahlias, set in a tranquil landscape around the Abbey's ruins. Rare shrubs and trees flourish in this Riviera climate and there are nods to the Abbey's history dotted around this stunning garden. The Palm and Cactus Houses contain tropical and sub-tropical plants, including endangered palms from Kew Gardens, and bananas. There are regular talks and tours by their wonderful head gardener and other horticultural experts. A popular favourite is the Agatha Christie inspired 'Potent Plants tour'!
South Devon Chilli Farm, Wigford Cross, Loddiswell TQ7 4DX
Passionate about growing, cooking, eating and talking about chillies, the South Devon Chilli Farm range of award-winning chilli goodies range from gently warming to extremely hot. If you love chillies or know someone who does then this is the place for you. Café, shop, chilli collection, plants for sale.
Plant World Gardens, St Marychurch Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SE
Plant World Garden Centre is one of the floral delights of Devon. Located between Torquay and Newton Abbott, the Garden is laod out to represent the five continents of the world. Their inspirational gards contain countless rare and exotic plants seldom seen outside their native lands.
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington EX38 8PH
Nestled in a Devon valley, Rosemoor blends formal and informal plantings to magical effect. Rich in horticultural heritage, as a visitor, you will experience the newest areas first, beginning with the multi-faceted Formal Garden and then the Stream Field and Lake to the north. These in turn lead toward the South West and Devon Orchards and the very popular Fruit and Vegetable Garden. Walking through the Underpass you discover the contrasting original garden of Lady Anne Berry, which consists of many garden ‘rooms’ that blend seamlessly into one. Great to visit in the winter too when the gardens are lit for Rosemoor Glow.
Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EE
The Gardens at Buckfast Abbey offer a tranquil easily accessible and inviting space around the Abbey Church. Spacious lawns and three specialist garden areas are maintained for your pleasure and relaxation. There is a Lavender garden, a Physic garden and a Sensory garden. A gentle stroll along well laid paths leads you to carefully thought out areas which help to make you feel both relaxed and interested. There are many gems or hidden garden areas which are there for the finding. Whether through the main car park to the 'secret garden' or the lavender walk along the Southgate footpath. Everywhere there are specialist trees which give a magnificence and splendour to the grounds. There is something for everyone. Offering free entry all year round, the shrubs, the trees, the ornamental grasses and the herbaceous planting has been chosen to provide year round interest.
Bicton Park Botanical, East Budleigh, near Exeter EX9 7BJ
Over 64 acres to explore "A delight for gardeners". Spanning nearly 300 years of gardening history, the park is home to many rare and beautiful species, collected from around the world. The Palm House is made from over 18,000 panes of glass (built 20 years before The Kew Gardens Palm House) hosting many Palms. Tropical House, Arid House, Temperate House. Enjoy your coffee or lunch overlooking the Italian Garden. Explore the arboretum and while away time in the bird hide. Ride the Bicton Woodland railway for an oversight of the park. Explore the countryside museum containing a huge collection of bygone days....
Homeyards Botanical Gardens, Shaldon, Teignmouth TQ14 0BA
Homeyards Botanical Gardens are situated on a sloping hillside above Shaldon and enjoy views of Teignmouth across the river and the East Devon and Dorset coastline to the north east. Features such as the castle, pond and rill garden, and the Italianate Garden make the Gardens an interesting place to explore.