Setting the scene at Colby's gardens
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Colby Woodland Garden is a haven of tranquillity throughout the year. The combination of walled garden and informal woodland has something for everyone. Enjoy tranquil woodland walks with carpets of spring flowers and relax in the walled garden.
The Walled Garden
Colby’s Walled Garden was originally a kitchen garden, and was semi-derelict in the 1970s. When Mr and Mrs Scourfield-Lewis took over Colby Lodge in the 1980s they took on the Walled Garden as well.
They developed it into a formal garden with herbaceous planting as well as shrubs and some unusual trees. There's a magnolia tree above the entrance and there's a clipped rosemary hedge by the greenhouse. The Walled Garden returned to us in 2010 and the gazebo is now open to visitors.
The Woodland Garden
The garden is an informal woodland garden in a sheltered valley. It extends over some eight acres although the National Trust estate is much larger. The estate stretches from Amroth on the coast up to the main A477 road to the north.
Rhododendrons are Colby's speciality
The soil is acid so we can grow rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias and Japanese maples. We have a fine collection of large leaved rhododendrons which are found beside the newt pond and Old Oak corner.
Colby's garden is best known for the rhododendrons and azaleas, but the carpet of bluebells which covers the West Wood in May is always popular. It's a spring garden but recent planting has allowed us to offer year round interest to visitors. Autumn colours are particularly striking.
There's a wide variety of specimen trees in the garden and we have a Champion Tree. This is a Japanese Redwood which is adjacent to the newt pond. It's 134 feet tall and it's the tallest tree of its kind in the UK.
You'll notice piles of logs and some trees left where they fall. This is to encourage wildlife and act as a habitat for insects and spiders.
Get a sea view
Climb to the Summer House, and on a clear day enjoy views across Carmarthen Bay to Worms Head in the distance.