Gardens and grounds

Formal Victorian garden

The herbaceous perenials reflect the carpet bedding of the Victorian period © David Clinch

The herbaceous perenials reflect the carpet bedding of the Victorian period

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

The walled garden from the main path in the height of summer production © David Clinch

The walled garden from the main path in the height of summer production

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.

 

Wider estate

Early morning mist over the lake at Arlington Court. © Sharon Ford

Early morning mist over the lake at Arlington Court.

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.

Pleasure grounds

Early morning mist over the lake at Arlington Court. © Natalie Savage

Early morning mist over the lake at Arlington Court.

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.

Arlington refreshed

In 2012 our formal garden underwent a huge overhaul. Find out more about our conservatory project and how time, and the weather, have shaped our Victorian garden.

Read the article.

Our top five jobs for September

  • Harvest maincrop potatoes and store in a clean, dry, dark place..
  • Leave squash and pumpkins to mature on plants as long as possible before frosts.
  • Continue to deadhead dahlias to get best from them.
  • Scarify lawns with spring tine rake or machine.
  • Give evergreen hedges final trim of the season.

Ten trees tours

Garden path at Arlington Court in Autumn

Try out our two tree tours, looking at deciduous or coniferous trees in the gardens. Can you still spot the right trees without their leaves?

Deciduous trees (pdf)

Coniferous trees (pdf)

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