Early summer in an English Garden
A walk through the woodland garden at this time of year is rewarded with signs of early summeer from both plants and nature. Find out what you can see here, from bluebells to buzzards.
At this time of year bluebells steal the show in the garden and surrounding countryside. If you follow the path past the house and through the garden, you'll see bluebells taking over the banks and drifting down the hillside toward the River Dart. In the nearby countryside, Down Copse is a particularly good place to see bluebells in flower. To get there, you walk through Greenway car park into the woodland, and follow the path to Greenway Halt. On the way through the woods, you're sure to see a good display.
At this time of year you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a rare cirl bunting, a small farmland bird which is endangered but thriving on the Greenway estate thanks to the care of a dedicated group of volunteers. Other farmland birds and even buzzards can often be seen here; they nest from mid-April.
The Boathouse and Battery are good places to watch for kingfishers, and in the Boathouse is a wildlife spotter board where you can keep a record of the birds and animals you have seen. While you're at the Boathouse it's also worth keeping an eye out for seals.
It's in the air
You can follow your nose to some of the flowers that make the garden at this time of year so special. In the South Walled Garden the smell of wisteria and apple blossom fills the air, and from the Croquet Lawn the delicate scent of elderflower drifts over from the elder 'Eva.'
Conservation work in the garden
We're keeping our fingers crossed for some early summer sunshine whilst conservation works are carried out on the glass houses in the walled gardens. Throughout May and June the Peach House and Vinery will be closed while repairs and restoration works are carried out - we're sorry if this causes any inconvenience, and hope you'll come back and visit them once the work is completed.