The garden at Castle Drogo

The Castle Drogo garden in autumn.

Created over 100 years ago ago by Sir Edwin Lutyens and George Dillistone this terrace garden was carved out of granite. There's something of interest to see in all seasons.

Winter highlights

The herbaceous borders are still full of colour with ornamental grasses and it's a great time to see the structure of the garden.

The Rose Garden

Original in its design twenty four immaculately edged chequerboard rose beds sit on the lowest lawned terrace.  Planted in blocks of colour; red, yellow, white and pink.  Roses are an important feature of the Drogo garden. 
They begin to flower in early June and go right through to September.  All roses planted in the garden are chosen for their scent, disease resistance, colour and vigour.  If you love roses, the garden is a great place to come and see what varieties grow at well at over 900 feet above sea level.  In July all the roses will be in full bloom and at their best.

Herbaceous borders

250 metres of exuberant herbaceous borders wrap around the middle terrace.  Today the garden team create borders with high impact, a long season of interest and vibrant colours, reflective of the historic planting plans drawn up in the 1920’s by George Dillistone, a highly respected plantsman with a passion for bearded iris and lilies.
These borders take a lot of annual work and the garden team constantly analyse, plan, split and divide, relocate and add new varieties. 

The Bunty House

Every child dreams of a play house of their very own.  The Drewe’s realised this and the Bunty House with its own suburban front garden was set in the wooded outskirts of the croquet lawn. 
An area for creative children’s play, come make a cup of tea, read a story to one of the Bunty House teddy bears, walk its front garden and admire all the pretty flowers.  Invite friends and family in, sit at the dinner table and be served a yummy invented treat.  

The Luncheon House

Complete with thatched roof this wood clad building used to be an area where the Drewe family would spend time to view developments during the build of the castle, keeping a close eye on the works as they progressed.  Today this building is where you can learn more about history of the garden, planting knowledge and watch a video created by Peter one of the gardeners depicting a year in the garden – see the action speeded up, and in real time footage.  Get to understand the garden team’s dedication to horticultural perfection that is evident in this beautiful secret garden. Talk to any member of the garden team to find out more about this very special family garden.

Rhododendron Garden

Located at the bottom of the garden the Rhododendron Garden is a quiet spot to look out over the views of Dartmoor.

Bringing your dog?

There is a dog route around the garden. This path goes around the outside of the formal garden and into the orchard and rhododendron garden. You can download the map below.

Castle Drogo dog walking map (PDF / 0.6865234375MB) download