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Stone Lane Gardens

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Susan L wrote a review Nov 2020
England188 contributions45 helpful votes
We visited in the autumn drizzle and still found this place to be a magical place with a new discovery around every corner. I could imagine bringing the grandchildren who would love running around pointing out the next pond, bird or creature. Now we want to visit it in every season as it must look different throughout the year. A special mention has to be for the little birds and the cockerell made out of cutlery, brilliant! There is a donation box near where you park and a suggested charge of £5 per adult. This is a wonderful place for a spot of mindfulness.. it felt very therapeutic.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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sarahrutter wrote a review Nov 2020
Truro, United Kingdom15 contributions4 helpful votes
Stumbled across these beautiful gardens on the way back to Gooseford Farm. Beautiful tranquil gardens with stunning Birch and Alder trees with a wonderful story of a couples passion to incorporate a unique selection of handcrafted sculptural art. Definitely worth a visit.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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JamesJ52 wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom42 contributions17 helpful votes
Really enjoyed our visit to Stone Lane. Very different form normal gardens but beautiful. Very interesting pieces to see in a lovely setting.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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happyhols_7 wrote a review Sep 2020
Okehampton, United Kingdom95 contributions96 helpful votes
We decided to take my 90 year old mother around Stone Lane gardens which is literally a 5 minute drive from our home. There is an honesty box for the entrance fee of £5 per person in one of the sheds. We arrived shortly after the gardens had opened and there was only one other car in the large car parking field. The gardens are very tranquil with lots of sculptures and statues situated in amongst the planting. The garden is vast and quite hilly in some areas which would be difficult to negotiate if you are not able bodied. The bog and water garden area is under construction and repair and there is a notice for donations to help fund the restoration project. There are lots of interesting plants and the garden would be worth visiting at various times of the year to see the different plants in bloom. Well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Carol B wrote a review Sep 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom4,703 contributions670 helpful votes
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Tuesday 18 August 2020, My husband and I decided to visit Stone Lane Sculpture Gardens in Chagford. Stone Lane Gardens are a spectacular 5 acre woodland and water garden on the edge of Dartmoor National Park that enchants and inspires in all seasons of the year. It is famous for its National Collections of Birch and Alder trees. Stone Lane Garden is threaded with pools and streams, while gleaming tree bark in myriads of shades are enhanced and complemented by a varied tapestry of shade-loving plants. Stone Lane Garden started life back in 1971, as a place for Kenneth Ashburner to start planting the birch and alder trees he was starting to acquire on his trips abroad as well as trees given to him by other collectors. Over his life Kenneth collected more seeds and as the plants outgrew his nursery, so he planted them out in the garden. Kenneth’s gradual and artfully planned landscaping created the framework of the garden you see today. It is a garden crammed full of unusual and beautiful trees, many of them rarely seen in the United Kingdom. Stone Lane Garden is not just a National Collection; it is a reminder of a world too precious to be ignored. Stone Lane Garden is also a sculpture garden, and every year they hold a ‘The Mythic Garden’ Sculpture exhibition, this year was its 28th celebration. It is an important showcase for West Country artists, and is held annually at the gardens within the beautifully landscaped National Collections of Birch and Alder trees. Amongst groves of trees, pools and streams, individual sculptures can be seen within their own natural ‘frames’. The gardens create a magical setting for this exhibition, and are a photographer’s paradise. My husband and I took loads of photographs, as the sculptures are tucked away around every nook, cranny and corner all around the gardens and are a joy to discover and find. Whilst all sculptures were good my favorite was bunch of ‘Copper Roses’, they we so lifelike you just wanted to go and pick them. My husband’s was a wooden sculptured ‘Rabbit Face’ a bit like The Mad March Hare. The 2020 ‘Mythic Garden’ exhibition showcased artists from Devon, Surrey, Hampshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. It showcased work as diverse as a naked pottery lady sitting in a boat suspended from the trees to owls sculpted in wood and marble and in media ranging from manmade materials to glass and ceramics. Mark and I spent most of the afternoon wandering around this wonderful and creative garden. It even inspired me to write two poems here called ‘Tales On The Breeze’ and ‘At Alice’s Place’. We left here as the garden closed . We visited this garden the year previously, and we hope to visited it again in 2021, as the sculpture exhibition is really lovely to visit, even though there we not so many sculptures this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. If you like gardens then this is definitely a place to visit when you are in the area.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Trek61195777755, Public Relations Manager at Stone Lane Gardens
Responded 7 Sep 2020
Thank you for your pleasingly descriptive review of Stone Lane Gardens. It is always good to hear from someone who is both observant and complimentary. If you went into the tea room, we trust you enjoyed the sublime tea and cakes too. The gardens are open all year round of course, so do come again in any season which may lend itself to poetry. - On behalf of the Trustees of Stone Lane Gardens.
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