Beautiful Buckland Abbey garden in summer

The hot border in the Cider House garden

With beautiful colours, scents and fantastic spaces to relax or enjoy a picnic, it’s one of the best times of the year to be visiting the garden at Buckland Abbey.

Summer garden here at Buckland

Come and see the garden in full bloom between June and August to see it at its best and in full colour.

Why not make a day of it and head out to the cider garden for a picnic with the family?


Elizabethan Garden

The Elizabethan garden next to the Great Barn is awash with pink and orange roses. For those of you who are 007 fans, these roses are also known as ‘For your eyes only’. The garden team and staff will be busy deadheading the roses. So it will be full of life and colour all summer long.

2020 marks a special year in history with the anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, which left from Plymouth with settlers to America. One of the types of roses in the Elizabethan garden and Kitchen garden which you will be able to spot this Summer is also known as the Mayflower.

Looking over the Elizabethan Garden at Buckland Abbey
Looking over the Elizabethan Garden at Buckland Abbey
Looking over the Elizabethan Garden at Buckland Abbey
A secret spot to relax in Buckland Abbey kitchen garden
Relax in the garden at Buckland Abbey
A secret spot to relax in Buckland Abbey kitchen garden

Kitchen Garden

The garden is full to bursting with lots of different fruit and veg varieties on offer. From apples, pears, broad beans and much much more in abundance, where much of the produce is used in the Ox Yard restaurant for you all to enjoy.

Want to take some home? Keep an eye out for any of the produce on sale in the shop.

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' in flower in the hot borders
Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' in flower in the hot borders
Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' in flower in the hot borders

Hot Border Cider Garden

If it is summer colour you are after, then the Cider Garden is the place to be. With sea holly, lychnis, heleniums and dahlias and more, there will always be a beautiful summer spot for you to enjoy.

 

Wild Garden

Get back to nature and experience the garden in its natural form in the wild garden. Head through the Cider garden and walk into natures paradise with shrubs and plants which encourage bees and other wildlife to thrive.

 

Bees on Allium
Bee flying on top of a purple flower
Bees on Allium
Garden games and picnics outdoors
9 Men's Morris at Buckland Abbey
Garden games and picnics outdoors


Picnic on the main lawn

This is the adventure space this summer. Bring a picnic and sit in front of the abbey on the stunning sloping lawn and relax in the summer sun. Or perhaps bring some family lawn games and have fun in the sun.


Take home a piece of Buckland

Many of the varieties of plants that we grow here are sold in the Buckland Abbey shop. Feel free to come along and see the amazing displays and rare plants that we have here. 

Ox Yard plants
Collection of pots outside in the Ox Yard with a sign saying plants to help the bees.
Ox Yard plants

 

Top tips from the garden team this Summer

Team gardener Ryan reccomends that you limit the number of squash per plant to a reasonable number by pinching off excess fruits. The plant will focus all its energy in growing more vines for fruits and you won't get such a good winter crop.