18 April 2012
Coleton Fishacre garden is one of the jewels in the crown of the National Trust English Riviera. Nestled into a coastal valley, this garden boasts beautiful hard landscaping, exotic planting, a balance between formal and wild areas, and breathtaking sea views.
Designed by Oswald Milne for the D’Oyly Carte’s in 1924, the garden reflects the Arts and Crafts style of Coleton Fishacre house, and makes good use of stone quarried on site in the walls and terraces. This sheltered spot provides a haven for exotic planting, which, interspersed with native favourites, create a colourful and original garden. From the rill garden, resplendent in soft pastels, to the hot border in front of the house, full of gems such as red hot pokers, there’s something for every taste.
Discover the gazebo with amazing views over cathedral bank and the sea, scout point, the perfect place to rest and watch the ships pass by, and the old quarry, now a secluded area of lawn that is bathed in sunshine. The surrounding woodland provides a shelter belt to the garden, as well as the perfect place to walk the dogs, and as you meander down towards the coastal paths, bamboo and tree ferns flourish.
To make the most of this varied garden, there are a variety of events throughout the year. From expert master classes, such as propagation workshops, to theatre on the lawn, as well as pandemonium – pond dipping for the kids, there’s something for everyone. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coletonfishacre or call 01803 842832 for more information.
Post by Sabina Colliers, Coleton Fishacre, National Trust.
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