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Autumn in the garden

Garden tours

Every day the garden team lead a free tour of the garden, which start outside the shop at 1.45pm and lasts for 30-40 minutes. Join them to find out what's in flower and the history of the 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 highlights

Take a stroll through the meadow © Juliet Stubbington

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.

Redwoods becoming green again

From a distance the trees are looking more green © Martin Farhall

In spring this year our redwoods turned very brown; they were suffering from a double dose of stress from the hot summer of 2013 followed by a very wet winter which waterlogged the roots. This restricted the amounts of nutrients that the trees could take up, which led to brown needles. They are now on the mend and are looking more green than brown.

What's looking good in the garden?

  • Hydrangea serrata ‘Grayswood’ at the tennis courts are not to be missed
  • Over the winter the team planted up a new grass border at Clock Golf, which is now flowering
  • Holly-leaved sweet spire (Itea ilicifolia) at the Gardener's Bothy and Clock Golf bordres has honey-scented drooping flowers
  • Across the whole site the Chilean myrtles (Luma apiculata) are covered in white, almond-scented flowers
  • Throughout the gardens the magnolias have interestingly shaped and brightly coloured seed pods

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.

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.