Marwood Hill is a magical 20-acre private garden with three lakes
The gardens are set in a valley tucked away in North Devon only 4 miles from Barnstaple.
Created by Dr Jimmy Smart VMH in the late 1950’s the gardens are a wonderful haven in which to relax and enjoy the impressive collections of plants, shrubs and trees and experience the views and peaceful atmosphere.
Within the gardens there are many collections of plants. The large collection of Camellia numbers well over eight hundred different cultivars. These are grown in a large greenhouse as well as in various parts of the garden. Magnolias are a recent addition and there are over eighty, which are a striking feature in March. Betula, Eucryphia, Eucalyptus, Rhododendron, Hosta and Iris are strongly represented in the garden.
The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious. Since opening in 2005 our award-winning Garden Tea Room has become very popular with visitors coming to the gardens. Situated in what used to be Dr Smart’s living room where, as you would expect, the views of the garden are stunning at any time of the year. We also have a lovely tea garden area outside so that the views can be enjoyed on sunny days. Our menus change through the season but always include homemade or locally sourced selection of cakes, soups, hot dish specials, sandwiches, salads and of course homemade scones for our special Devon cream teas. We also have Gluten Free cakes, scones and lunches available.
The Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. As well as the large Camellia greenhouse, the wall garden is where we display and sell our nursery plants. At Marwood, we aim to provide something a little bit different. It is not a ‘Garden Centre’ but retains the charm and individuality of an old-fashioned nursery. Our team of experienced gardeners are always happy to give advice and ensure that both you and your plants are happy! Many of the plants are propagated from the rare and unusual specimens you might admire in the garden and include a large selection of the scarcer varieties of Camellias, Magnolias and Astilbes, along with a huge selection of shrubs, herbaceous plants and bulbs to suit all tastes and styles.
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