Just returned from a holiday in Devon and Cornwall which was fab. Partly for a short break but mainly to be inspired by the wonderful gardens in that part of our countryside.
We visited several but there are two that we’d like to pick out for a special mention.
Staverton Nursery – Staverton Bridge Near Totnes South Devon
We’d read about Staverton in Country Living and just had to seek it out.
This charming little nursery is located in the beautiful village of Staverton Bridge situated adjacent to the River Dart and the Staverton steam railway. On the day we went we had glorious sunshine which made it all the more special.
The whole atmosphere of the place is so relaxing with the sound of the River Dart in the background as you wander down the track that leads to a generous car park.
In addition to two large greenhouses housing the plants there’s a great little café which serves traditional cream teams, and wonderful fresh coffee served in beautiful china cups and saucers. There is also a lunchtime menu which was full of goodies … just wished I hadn’t made sandwiches that day.
The style of the nursery is what you might recognise as traditional … no huge rows of plants all neatly lined up here! Instead we’re treated to beautiful seating areas to rest while you take the sights and sounds in.
It’s clear the food is freshly prepared and the owners clearly take great pride in this business. I do hope they are successful as it’s one of those rare occasions when you come across something that feels that little bit special.
I’d urge anyone to drop by if you’re anywhere near Totnes in South Devon, you’ll not regret it!
Trebah is near Falmouth which is in the South Coast of Cornwall. We’d seen it featured on Gardeners World earlier in the year and thought we’d seek it out.
So glad we did!
We’re always lucky with the weather in Cornwall and this year was more of the same.
The day we arrived at Trebah there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was the most gorgeous blue colour.
We parked the car and walked up to the entrance. You could could hear a pin drop such was the calming nature of the place.
The official web site describes Trebah as a “sub-tropical paradise” and they’re not wrong. The primula are stunning at this time of the year and are found throughout the gardens along with massive collections of evergreens.
The Gunnera walk is simply magnificent standing at least 8ft tall in places and the collection of Acers alongside were of special interest as we’re trying to get our own collection together.
As you wind your way down through a mix of plants and water features you eventually reach a secluded beach area complete with intimate café where you can rest with a cup of tea and just watch the world go by. Special moments indeed.
Later in the year the Hydrangeas will be out which is a real treat apparently. Unfortunately we were too early in the season to see them in bloom, but if the size of the plants were anything to go by then you’re in for a treat if you’re able to visit in July.
I could go on but don’t take my word for it, instead if you find yourself in this corner of South Cornwall try and find time to drop in on Trebah. It really is a magical place and will leave you with some very happy memories for sure.