Photos by Tim Pryor
Greencombe is a delightful garden, situated on the Exmoor coast, just above West Porlock, with sweeping views across the Bristol Channel. The 3.5 acres woodland garden was started in 1946 by Horace Stroud. Since September 1966 it has been in the care and custody of Joan Loraine whose created the beautiful garden you can see today.
The Combe (or valley) behind the garden gives the place its name.
The gardens contain for national plant collections: Erythronium, Polystichum, Vaccinium and Gaultheria.
From April to July the garden is open to the public. More details will be following soon, as will photos of the garden and a few blogs by the great Joan Loraine herself.
Not quite Exmoor, but too good to miss are the Open Gardens at East Worlington House at the end of February and beginning of March when the garden is carpeted with swathes of beautiful crocuses.
East Worlington House, East Worlington, Crediton, Devon, EX17 4TS
Thousands of Crocuses. In 2-acre garden, set in lovely position with views down the valley to Little Dart river, these spectacular crocuses have spread over many years through the garden and into the neighbouring churchyard. Cream teas in the parish hall (in aid of its thatch fund) next door. Disabled parking at the house. Parking nearby. Dogs on leads please
Opening dates and times: Sun 24 Feb, Sun 3 Mar (1.30-5.30)
Admission: Adults £3, children free
Facilities: Cream Teas in the village hall, next door, in aid of the Worlington Parish Hall thatch fund.
Contact: Mr & Mrs Barnabas Hurst-Bannister Telephone: 01884 860332
Location:In the centre of East Worlington, 2m W of Witheridge.
Directions: In Witheridge (B3137 Tiverton/South Molton) into the square and R at small sign to East Worlington. Along West Street to Drayford Lane, 1.4 miles R at T-junction in Drayford, over bridge and L to Worlington. 0.3 miles enter East Worlington and L at the T-junction. East Worlington House after parish hall on Left.