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Greencombe Gardens

Exmoor National Park, Porlock TA24 8NU, England
+44 1643 862363
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A remarkable garden

This is a garden we have visited in the past. This visit was out of season but still a delight... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2017
Salisbury, United Kingdom

A delightful place. A garden created by a lady who clearly loved it with great success in what many... read more

Reviewed 25 June 2017
Jane M
Thame, United Kingdom
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A woodland garden and organic showpiece of international renown, Greencombe stretches along a sheltered hillside below the tree-covered slopes of Exmoor and offers visitors an outstanding view over ancient fields onto Porlock Bay. The moss covered paths of Greencombe meander through an exceptional collection of ornamental plants that flourish beneath a magnificent canopy of oaks, hollies, conifers and sweet chestnuts. Camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, lilies, roses, clematis, and hydrangeas all flower in turn among ferns and the garden's four National Collections: Erythronium, small mountain-lilies; Vaccinium, 'whortleberries worldwide'; Gaultheria, 'whortleberries for bears'; and Polystichum, the 'thumbs-up' fern. For 50 years, Greencombe has thrived using organic gardening methods, with a riot of birds and butterflies all around. Also of interest, the garden is home to a champion English Holly tree (ilex aquifolium), the largest and oldest in the British Isles. Like all good plantsmen's gardens, Greencombe is full of rare and wonderful plants and has much to interest and delight every visitor.
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Hours Today: 14:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Exmoor National Park, Porlock TA24 8NU, England
+44 1643 862363
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is a garden we have visited in the past. This visit was out of season but still a delight. It's beauty is probably best appreciated in May/June. The guardians of the garden are wonderful hosts.

Thank Robr758
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

A delightful place. A garden created by a lady who clearly loved it with great success in what many would consider an inhospitable location. A lovely place to wander around the winding paths under the trees. We visited in spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas...More

Thank Jane M
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We visited this beautiful small garden at the end of April & it is wonderful. Its small and well loved. A must see if you have the slightest interest in gardens.

Thank kdbGloucestershire
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

We only found out about this lovely garden by chance when a very helpful lady at the information centre in Porlock told us we must go. We were lucky to see the garden in spring when all the azaleas were a riot of colour but...More

2  Thank Fiona R
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Went back to see the garden as I was staying close by , Joan passed away last year and I was delighted to see the garden was still open and now taken over by her nephew and his wife, well done! It is a special...More

1  Thank JanFlowers1
Reviewed 17 July 2016

My mum and I visited Greencombe Gardens during a camping holiday this year and we were absolutely fascinated with the history of the place. We were greeted by a friendly lady who lead us up to a wooden gardening/wildlife building, and began explaining to us...More

1  Thank Esme M
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Loved my time walking through the lovely plants trees etc..in this beautiful garden..Within a short-ish walk from the village of Porlock..What a beautiful day to see these plants and flowers in amazing colours and find out about the lady who had dedicated her time to...More

1  Thank Panama9
Reviewed 3 April 2016

A perfect, peaceful and harmonious organic garden with amazing views over Porlock Weir and The Bristol Channel. A labour of love created over many years by Joan Loraine.

Thank travellerness
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Go and visit this beautiful garden. Everyone should go. It is a haven of peace and beauty. Natural gardening at its best - nature in harmony with Man.

Thank TauntonLobster
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Our second visit to this special garden.Our first visit was several years ago when a much loved parent was dying.The night away was such a relief and the lovely garden was an unexpected delight in lifting ones spirits.

1  Thank MrsPumps
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26 September 2016|
Response from Panama9 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know they are allowed..The lady who was watching over the place was from U.S.A...and was related to the woman who had started and cared for the gardens, before she passed away..She had her small-ish dog with her... More