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The Trust's highest garden

Upon entering the garden you are transported to a different world.

The layout was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and George Dillistone to complement the castle's appearance. At 1,000ft this our highest garden, so it has to endure the rather extreme weather conditions of Devon's Dartmoor National Park.

The bunty house

The Bunty House (Wendy House) was built for Julius Drewe’s daughter Frances

The bunty house was built for Julius Drewe's youngest daughter, Frances. Go through the tiny gate to explore its miniature garden, complete with vegetables, herbs and flowers.

The croquet lawn

Play a game of croquet on the lawn

If you have always wanted to learn the rules of the game, come along on the first Tuesday of the month (May to September) and have a free lesson with our resident expert. Weather permitting.

The luncheon house

The adults also had their own playroom, a summerhouse. It was designed by Lutyens for the Drewe family to use on their visits to see the castle being built.

What to look out for in the summer months

There’s a wide variety of roses at Bodnant Garden

Currently the rose garden is in full bloom, the herbaceous borders are at their peak and the fragrant garden is full of purple flowers and giant alliums.

Plant centre

Flaming Red Hot Pokers (Kniphofia) in the Castle Drogo Garden in Devon

Recreate your stroll around the garden by taking home a plant for your own shrubbery or border.

The sunken rose garden

The sunken Rose Garden in the terraced gardens at Castle Drogo

Julius Drewe had insisted that a rose garden be created for his wife, Frances, as they were her favourite flowers. It is planted as a series of 24 square and rectangular beds in a chequer board effect, combined with a lawn.