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Summer in the garden

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.

Garden tours

Every day the garden team lead free tours of the garden, which start outside the shop at 12 noon and 1.45pm, and last for 30-40 minutes. Join them to find out what's in flower and the history of the gardens.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Garden project

The garden team were hard at work over the closed season clearing and rejuvenating many parts of the garden. Next time you visit, the garden will be looking fantastic.