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DOCTON MILL GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Lymebridge
Hartland
Bideford
EX39 6EA

Follow brown signs from A39.

9 acres

Tel
01237 441369

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Opening Hours

11am–5pm, 1 Apr–5 Oct.

Admission

Non-member adult £5.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Sat.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Water garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
John and Lana Borrett

Docton has a working water mill with a leat and holding pond still central to the garden's layout. It also has a natural bluebell woodland (into which shrubs like rhododendrons have been planted over the last 20 years), an old orchard, and several distinct areas of herbaceous and shrub plantings. The daffodils in spring are spectacular.

The gardens were first laid out in the 1930s, but much of today's garden is due to improvements made since March 2000 by Lana and John Borrett: a small field with magnolias (25 cultivars) and flowering shrubs; a fine bog garden (candelabra primulas in late spring); and a collection of old roses underplanted with herbaceous and ground-cover plants. The emphasis now is upon planting for summer show, especially in July and August.

A new Victorian greenhouse is the backdrop for the revamped plant sales and vegetable garden areas, while additional seating has been placed around the herbaceous border in the form of green oak structures, allowing protection for visitors during inclement weather.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

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