Thirteen acres of sweeping lawns and colour themed planting ….
There is always something to delight you here, where the lawn sweeps down past the ancient oak to the small lake. From the summer house the vista stretches beyond the gardens over the wider landscape. The colours change throughout the year culminating in a blaze of autumn splendour.
This is the oldest part of the garden with mature Rhododendrons and an ancient field maple that was the inspiration for starting the garden in 1963. Wild flowers abound in the Roman clay quarry. Explore the woodland in April to see the stunning luminous yellow Skunk Cabbage (Lysichitum americanum) followed by the blue bells in May.
The Millenium Garden
A formal colour themed garden created to celebrate the Millennium in 2000. The rill will lead you down to the formal pond. Look for the Wisteria as you go down the steps in April and May. Enjoy the stunning rural views for the traditional stone gazebo.
The Rose Garden
Stroll in the shade of the pergola, admire the Akebia quindta in spring and the old fashioned roses in the summer. Originally built in 1985 to make maximum use of a narrow stretch of land between the edge of the garden and the neighbouring farm, this piece of garden is focused around a beautiful stone statue named ‘The Shy Maiden’.
A well-established part of the garden accessed from the main drive. The formal layout to the garden is filled with ‘cottage garden’ style planting. Structure is provided by stonework, gravel paths, steps and fastigiate pear trees. Rest in the bower and enjoy the riot of colour.
The Anniversary Garden
Created in 2010 to celebrate 50 years at Burrow Farm for John and Mary. Ornamental grasses wave gently above the sunken path. A perfusion of perennials make a stunning display with pink, blue and purple as the theme. Particularly stunning later in the year.
Created in 2007 from a bramble patch, this tranquil haven is beautiful at any time of the year. Visit in the spring to admire Azaleas and Rhododendrons . Enjoy ferns , primulas and choice bulbs in the dappled shade of the trees overhead. An enchanted corner of the gardens.
Two Acres of carefully managed wildflower meadow have really come into its own in the last couple of years. Over 250 wild orchids have been planted (saved from the lawns where they had self seeded) so expect continued improvement in this area. Two wildlife ponds in the middle of the meadow provide a vital habit for many animals and a focal point when sitting on the bench admiring the view
And Much More…
With 13 acres of sweeping lawns and colour themed planting there is always something to see on a visit to East Devons Secret Garden.
Relax and enjoy the fabulous surroundings and extensive views from our conservatory and tea room.
Delicious Devon cream teas featuring homemade scones, locally made cakes and homemade soup complement our range of freshly made sandwiches. Coffee, snacks and light lunches are available all day from 10am.
Nursery open to garden and non-garden visitors alike from 10am – 6pm every day between 1st April – 31st October.
The Nursery sells many of the special plants that are featured within the garden. Our friendly staff will be delighted to help you and Mary can provide extensive knowledge to help you choose just the right plant.
East Devon’s Secret Garden open from 1st April – 31st October 10am – 6pm.
Entrance to garden: Adult £7 Children £1. Season Ticket £18. Discount available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more. Dogs on leads welcome. Wheelchair access to parts of the garden, tea room, shop and nursery.