Beautiful summer gardens

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

Buckland is currently open with a one way system in place around the gardens and woodland walks. 

All the gardens are now reopen except the wild garden. 

Your post Lock down visit

The gardens here at Buckland are teeming with wildlife as nature has taken over during the lockdown period.

Here at Buckland, we love all things creepy crawlies and especially pollinators who are vital for flowers to grow and bloom and they help look after the words delicate eco-system. 

We have left some areas of the garden grasses to grow extra long to help these little beasties - but we have created some picnic pods for you to sit amongst the grass so you can still enjoy your picnics. 

Picnic pods
areas in the grass cut to put a picnic rug down
Picnic pods

We usually have a team of around 30 volunteer and staff gardeners who work all year round to maintain the gardens. We are now working with a small team of gardeners who are working their wellies off to keep the gardens blooming. 

Best picnic spots in the garden

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?

Summer garden trail

Head out around the gardens this summer and find all the foods that were once grown on the Buckland estate by the Medieval monks who once lived here.

Find all the foods and tick them off your shopping list trail sheet which is available to download from 24th July. 

Family Trails
Child, and family looking at a trail sheet
Family Trails


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.

For your eyes only
Pink roses in front of the abbey
For your eyes only

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

 

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.

Cider House garden gate at Buckland
Cider House garden gate at Buckland
Cider House garden gate at Buckland

 

Garden games and picnics outdoors
9 Men's Morris at Buckland Abbey
Garden games and picnics outdoors

 

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.