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A lovely little pond tucked away on the middle path and graced by this sculpture by Nicholas Dimbleby.
Walk to the top garden for the best views over the river; from the battery, you can sometimes see seals.
Built as a Napoleonic defence in the 1790s, it's the perfect place to sit and watch the river.
What's looking good?
- The grass border which was planted this time last year is now well established
- In the Walled Garden the Chinese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis), periwinkle (Vinca) and Japanese quince (Chaenomoles) all look great
- There is still lots of autumn colour to see on the main drive, including black gum trees (Nyssa sylvatica) and acers
- Look out for the dainty blooms of Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ at the Kwan Yin pond and the path to the Top Border
- In the Nursery borders the flame red flowers of the salvia elegans are still going strong
- By Kwan Yin you can't miss the Dichroa febrifuga's (part of the hydrangea family) beautiful electric blue flowers
The walled gardens are a perfect balance of industry and leisure, home to the peach house and vinery and the Galmpton School allotment, as well as soft borders and a large lawn to relax on. A must see.
A stroll to the top garden rewards you with a gorgeous summer border. Highlights include late flowering clematis on the walls and the unusual beschorneria, a succulent with pink six-foot flower spikes.
Remodeled in the mid-19th century, this lush and secluded area surrounds a pool and fountain. The nearby pet cemetery is home to the graves of Agatha's family's much-loved dogs.