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3 November 2023 : 
Gardens Worth a Journey
Mike Webber

Mike took us for a photographic tour of many of the gardens located in our neighbouring counties. 

It was clear from the post-speaker chats over refreshments that the talk brought back memories for our members who had visited many of the gardens mentioned!

Here is a list of the gardens Mike showed us in case you want to tick a few more of your list! : 


  • Knighthayes, near Tiverton, EX16 7RQ, NT, house and gardens open

  • The Garden House, Dartmoor, PL20 7LQ [quite a lot of steps]

  • Saltram, near Plymouth, PL7 1UH, NT, house and gardens open

  • Coleton Fishacre, near Kingswear, TQ6 0EQ, NT, house and gardens open [lower woodland gardens have steep paths

  • RHS Rosemoor, near Torrington, EX38 8PH


  • Barrington Court, near Illminster, TA19 0NQ, NT, house and gardens open

  • Iford Manor, near Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 2BA, HHA, gardens open [quite a lot of steps]

  • The Bishop's Palace, Wells, BA5 2PD, HHA, gardens and parts of medieval buildings

  • Milton Lodge, Wells, BA5 3AQ, terraced garden with steep steps

  • East Lambrook Manor, TA13 5HH, cottage garden

  • Hestercombe House & Gardens, TA2 8LG, three styles of garden


  • Bowood House & Gardens, SN11 9NF

  • Stourhead, BA12 6QD, NT, house and gardens open

  • Courts Garden, Holt, BA14 6RR, NT

  • Great Chalfield Manor & Garden, SN12 8NH, NT [features in Poldark!]

  • Wilton House & Gardens, SP2 0BJ, HHA


  • Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, SO45 1AZ, rhododendrons & azaleas

  • Furzey Gardens, SO43 7GL, Chelsea winner and fairy doors!

  • Hillier Gardens & Arboretum, SO51 0QA

  • Hinton Ampner, SO24 0LA, NT, house and gardens open

  • Houghton Lodge Gardens, SO20 6LQ, HHA

  • Mottisfont House & Gardens, SO51 0LP, NT

  • West Green, RG27 8JB, NT, house and gardens open

Abbreviations : organisations whose members enjoy free or reduced-prize access to their gardens : 

HHA is Heritage House Association; NT is National Trust, RHS is Royal Horticultural Society.

The gardens are not listed alphabetically, but in the order in which they appeared in the slide show.

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