Spring in the garden
Spring is a wonderful time to explore Coleton Fishacre garden. While there are no leaves on the trees the sea views are vast and captivating, and throughout the garden spring flowering bulbs and shrubs are starting to provide pops of colour. Some of the grass paths and lawns may be closed when you visit to give them a chance to dry out after heavy rains, but there will still be plenty to see.
- bleeding heart (Dicentra)
- wallflower (Erysimum)
- elephant's ears (Bergenia)
- tree echium (Echium pininana).
The garden have been busy with a project to rejuvenate Kent's Border; the border by the house at the top of the garden. Last spring they removed and rehomed plants that were growing there and invested some TLC in the soil. It was then planted with hedging, topiary, soft planting, and, of course, plenty of colour. Deep plums and purples, bright magentas and the softest pinks will blend with creamy whites and fresh green foliage once the border is established, evocative of the Arts and Crafts style.
Spring garden walks
On Fridays at 2pm the garden team lead a free walk around the garden, sharing the top spots to see the spring flowers, the work they're doing and the history of the garden. The walk begins at the far end of the courtyard. Normal admission prices apply.
Artist in residence
On selected Sundays in March and April, artist in residence Jo Turner will be working in the garden, capturing the views in a mixture of pen, ink and water colour. Jo specialises in landscapes, buildings, objects and people. Each week she'll be stationed in a different part of the garden, where she'll be happy to chat about her work and will have materials on hand for you to use if you are feeling creative.
Jo says 'I love interacting with visitors and talking about what I'm doing and what we are looking at, the light, the colours, the mood, even the rain....'