Gardens and grounds
Formal Victorian garden
Since 2012 our Victorian garden has been undergoing subtle changes in line with our gardens conservation plan.
Two huge monkey puzzle trees that dominated the garden were removed in winter 2012 and smaller specimens have been planted, to be in keeping with the scale of the garden. Plus our new conservatory was officially opened in May 2013. Come and see what a blooming success it is.
Functional walled garden
Our walled garden was reinstated around 2003 with the aim of encouraging our visitors to grow their own. The garden now provides fruit and vegetables for the tea-room and flowers for displays in the house.
The garden team work through the year sowing seeds, nurturing the plant's growth, feeding the soil and harvesting the produce.
As was recorded in the wishes of Rosalie Chichester, who left the 2,700 acre estate to us in 1949, the grounds remains home to Jacob sheep, Red Devon cattle, Shetland ponies and wild deer.
Rosalie was inspired by the nature reserves she'd seen on her world travels, and wished to create a similar habitat here.
Our garden team don't just look after the formal parts of the garden, they also care for the approximately 30 acres of grounds around the house and carriage museum.
In the past three years the team have been developing the spring colour in the grounds by planting over 40,000 new bulbs of snowdrops, camassias and bluebells.
Our top five jobs for October
- Cut pumpkins and winter squashes. "Cure" the fruits by leaving them in the sun for their skins to harden and the flesh inside to ripen.
- Plant new trees, hardy shrubs and perennials.
- Plant garlic, onions, rhubarb and bare-root fruit bushes such as currants and gooseberries
- Plant spring-flowering bulbs
- Cover autumn salads and Oriental leaves with cloches or fleece if there is a danger of night frosts.