Greenway garden in spring

Greenway's garden is renowned for its spring flowers, and it's easy to see why when you visit. With camellias, magnolias, spring bulbs, rhododendrons and more, the garden is a riot of colour set against the backdrop of the River Dart.

 

 

Glimpses of snow at spring 

The first signs of life in the garden at Greenway are the graceful nodding heads of snowdrops. They adorn the banks from late winter through to early spring, and can be spotted from the moment you arrive. They stretch all the way to the furthest reaches of the woodland garden, but a great place to see them is in front of the house, where swathes bloom all across the lawn and the river can be glimpsed through the trees. 

Snowdrops line the driveway and cover many banks in the garden
Snowdrops in flower in Greenway garden, Devon
Snowdrops line the driveway and cover many banks in the garden

 

Catch the camellias

Camellias flower throughout the garden from late winter onwards; Greenway is even home to an historical camellia garden. This secluded walled garden by the river used to house an aviary, and is a great place to see camellias in flower from late February until April. Some other places to see the winter bloomers is along the driveway and the middle path. Greenway has been accredited by the International Camellia Society as an ' International Camellia Garden of Excellence.' It is the first National Trust garden with this accreditation, and one of just seven gardens in the UK to be recognised as an ‘ International Camellia Garden of Excellence’ by the International Camellia Society. 

 

Greenway garden is glorious in spring
Visitors in the distance walking through a camellia archway at Greenway
Greenway garden is glorious in spring

 

 

See the spring bulbs

As you walk down the driveway you'll see daffodils, snowdrops and cyclamen in flower. Just up from the house, the Mother and Child sculpture on the bank overlooks the garden and is surrounded by daffodils and cyclamen-flowered daffodils (Narcissus cyclamineus). 

 

The Mother and Child sculpture is an iconic spring sight at Greenway
The Mother and Child sculpture in Greenway garden
The Mother and Child sculpture is an iconic spring sight at Greenway

Radical rhododendron

Wherever you go in the garden you can't miss seeing rhododendron in flower. Next to the tennis court is a large group of Rhododendron smithii which has beautiful twisted trunks and vibrant red flowers in April - well worth a visit. 

 

A spring tour of the Walled and Top Garden

On a walk through the walled gardens you'll see Iberian comfrey providing ground cover in the borders. From a short walk leads to Clock Golf, where hellebores in hues of pink and purple, planted by Agatha's daughter Rosalind Hicks, are looking great.

Look out for these hellebores in flower by Clock Golf in Greenway garden
Hellebores in flower in Greenway garden
Look out for these hellebores in flower by Clock Golf in Greenway garden

The nearby Top Garden is an area that the garden team are concentrating their efforts on at the moment, restoring the borders to their former glory. These borders will be a riot of hot colours in the summer, and exotic plants thrive in this sunny space. From here a new path leads to a nearby viewpoint; the perfect place to soak up the river views. Carrying on along the Top Garden path you can't miss the remains of what was once a summerhouse. This building on the edge of the garden is situated in the best place to enjoy the river views and soak up some sunshine. We hope to restore it in the future to its former splendour and it will be the crowning glory of the Top Garden when it is complete.

Soak up the views from this peaceful spot in Greenway garden
A bark path leading to benches at a viewpoint in Greenway garden
Soak up the views from this peaceful spot in Greenway garden