Spring gardens

Soak up the views of the River Dart

Soak up the views of the River Dart

Greenway's garden is at it's best in spring; filled with camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and spring bulbs.  

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.


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.

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.

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 there is  a free tour of the garden which start outside the shop at 1pm and lasts for 40 minutes. Join one to find out what's in flower and the history of the gardens.

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?

  • To the rear of visitor reception see the large multi-coloured display of Azalea Vyuk’s hybrids
  • There are hundreds of bluebells and primroses on the banks of middle path – a really great display this year
  • From Clock Golf head into the Fernery to see the new fronds starting to unfurl
  • At the tennis court the large group of Rhododendron ‘Smithii Group’ with bright red flowers are a sight to see
  • At the front of the house, on the bank towards the river is rhododendron 'Cornish red'
  • Follow your nose to the purple blooms and heady scent of the Wisteria sinensis at the South Walled Garden