Gardens

Ask a gardener

The garden team toast a few marshmallows on a cold day

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.

Garden tours

Every day in the summer season there is  a free tour of the garden which start outside the shop at 1.45pm and lasts for 40 minutes. Join one to find out what's in flower and the history of the gardens.

Garden highlights

The team re-instated viewing platforms above the Bird Pond and have cut grass paths through the meadow. You can now take in some unusual and rare plantings on the way down from the Top Border.

Hidden gems

  • The Kwan Yin sculpture gracefully overlooks a tranquil pond © Sabina Collier

    Kwan Yin

    A lovely little pond tucked away on the middle path and graced by this sculpture by Nicholas Dimbleby.

  • View of the River Dart from Greenway © Sabina Collier

    The views

    Walk to the top garden for the best views over the river; from the battery, you can sometimes see seals.

  • View of the River Dart from Greenway Battery © Andrew Butler

    The battery

    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

Peach house

The peach house is filled with young fruit ripening in the sunshine

This was restored in 2010 after falling into disrepair ten years earlier. This year we had a good crop of peaches and nectarines, although the squirrels helped themselves to a few.

School allotment

Pupils from our local primary school tend this vegetable patch in the Walled Garden once a week; it's thriving under their care.

Walled gardens

 

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.

Top garden

The red hot pokers in Greenway Top Garden © National Trust

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.

Fernery

Discover the Pet Cemetery and Fernery hidden in the garden © Stephen Robson

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.

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