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“Lovely Gardens”
Review of Greencombe Gardens

Greencombe Gardens
Ranked #6 of 12 things to do in Porlock
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
351 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Lovely Gardens”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Actally visited 30 years ago! Really lovely colourful gardens with some beautiful plants and flowers, especiallt rhodadendrons and Azalea.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank travelfan46
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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great organic woodland garden”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

We've just visited now in April and lovely rhododendrons, camellias, and the national collection of erythroniums. Also has the oldest holly tree in England! Greeted by the owner, who explained the history and principles (organic etc) of the garden to us.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Karima7
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Porlock, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Great garden, full of variety”
Reviewed 7 February 2013

Great garden, full of variety. Very low key, well worth a visit. Check out the opening hours though!

Visited June 2012
1 Thank MillOaks
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