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The Garden House

A stunning garden on the edge of Dartmoor National park



GAP Photos/Rebecca Bernstein /The Garden House Charity/Head Gardener: Matt Bishop

Feature No:   587 

Qty of Images:    52 


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The Garden House is made up by a series of gardens over an 8 acre site. The remains of a house, tower with spiral staircase and a thatched barn are now the ruins in the Walled Garden.

The history of the site dates back to the 14th century, until the 20th it was home to local parish priests, but after the Second World War it was bought by Lionel and Katherine Fortescue. Lionel was a retiring master from Eton College and the name The Garden House was given to their new home. The Fortescues built and renovated the garden over nearly forty years creating what has come to be known as one of the finest in Britain. In 1961 they established the Fortescue Garden Trust, an independent registered charity that would manage the house and gardens after their deaths for future generations to enjoy.

Today the Garden House is open to the public every day between March and November, Matt Bishop is the present head gardener. Matt has overseen the ongoing maintenance and refurbishment of the garden, he is also very well known for his expertise on Snowdrops and bulbs. The Garden House continues to be a garden of new ideas and planting at the forefront of horticulture.



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