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Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Old Taunton Road
EX13 7ET

13 acres

01404 831285

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Opening Hours

10am–6pm, daily, Apr–Oct.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies Fri.


  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Wildflower meadow

About the garden

Owned by
Mary Benger

East Devon’s secret garden is a secret no more! Voted The Nation's Favourite Public Garden in 2021, the gardens are set in 13 beautifully secluded acres with many unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. A thatched stone summerhouse looks towards a lake and ancient oak woodland is underplanted with rhododendrons, azaleas and other woodland plants. Azaleas flourish in the garden and the Azalea Glade is a particularly tranquil and enchanted area of the garden.    

The more formal Millennium garden features colour-themed planting with a rill running through the centre into a formal pond. The Grasses Garden (created in 2010 to celebrate 50 years since the garden started) features ornamental grasses waving gently above the sunken path. A profusion of perennials creates a lovely display of colour with pink, blue and purple as the theme, and a walk through the wildflower meadow will take visitors to extensive views of rolling Devon hills.    

The garden is carefully designed to provide interest year round with early spring interest right through to superb autumn colour. Once you have walked around the garden you can enjoy a light lunch or Devon cream tea in the picturesque tea room. There is also an extensive nursery featuring many of the plants in the garden and a gift shop, as well as a fantastic range of locally made Garden Ironwork for sale as well.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.