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Summer in the garden
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.
Ask a gardener
Have you got any questions about Greenway garden, or would you like some advice about your own patch? Why not ask one of the garden team? They would be happy to help; just drop them an email.
What's looking good in the garden?
- Look for the spiky red flowers of the pineapple guava (acca sellowiana) in the Top Border
- Also at the Top Border is the Californian tree poppy (Romneya coulteri); large white poppy blooms with striking yellow centres
- Delavay’s magnolia (Magnolia delavayii) at the Bird Pond has large flowers and a lovely scent
- Hydrangea serrata ‘Grayswood’ at the tennis courts are not to be missed
- In the Fernery the starry white flowers providing ground cover are strawberry saxifrage (Saxifraga stolonifera)
- Over the winter the team planted up a new grass border at Clock Golf, which is now flowering
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.