We took a trip out to Marwood Gardens on Exmoor a short scenic car ride from Boreat Manor to get some inspiration and ideas for our new bog garden at Boreat Manor.
This magical and very special 20 acre private garden with three lakes is 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. The garden has featured on many garden programmes over the years and is enjoyed by visitors of all ages looking for inspiration, relaxation or just a great day out with the family. The view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular, the food served is delicious, and the Plant Sales area is sure to tempt you with the variety of unusual plants for sale. Dogs on leads are welcome too.
Marwood Hill Garden is located in a steep valley in North Devon, and contains much to surprise and delight both enthusiastic gardeners and casual visitors. From the moment the first snowdrops poke their little noses through in spring there is so much to see throughout the year until the rich autumnal tints and shiny fat berries of autumn.
The magnificicent display of blossom from the massed camellias and rhododendrons is followed by a stream of colour in the bog gardens, as carpets of primulas and iris in all the colour of the rainbow burst forth. The National Collection of Astilbes follows in a foamy symphoney of pastel hues and hydrangeas on the hillside. We garden with wildlife always in our minds and providing habitats for them is extremely important. Tucked away around the gardens are piles of branches and mounds of leaves home to lots of lovely bugs and beasts. Kingfishers are regular visitors to the lake and the areas of rough grass provides both food and hibernating sites for the young of many butterflies and moths. Marwood Gardens