Ford Abbey

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Garden Category: South West England Gardens

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  • The Gardens of Forde Abbey surround the 12th century Cistercian Monastery, a private home since 1650. They extend over 30 informal acres, which draw the visitor onwards to discover plants of interest and beauty throughout the year. Plantings survive from 1700, although much has been achieved in recent years. Ancient and mellowed stone walls set off rich herbaceous borders, and the gardens are marked by the lovely lawns and lakes and magnificent trees. A bog garden boasts a broad range of Himalayan plants, including Mecanopsis and Asiatic Primulas. A redundant gravel pit is now home to an impressive variety of alpine plants. Forde Abbey is also home to the Centenary Fountain, which at 160ft in full flow is the tallest powered fountain in England. At the moment a new Winter Garden is under development.

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