Monday, 24 May 2010

Treat of the day ! ;-)

Yesterday was a bit of a treat as we ventured to a little place called Landscove, where there happens to be the best nursery ever!
Obviously, an executive decision had to be made when we arrived...tearoom or nursery first? Hmm...tea room... in order to set ourselves up well, for the rest of the visit!
There's plenty to tempt you, with the most fabulous scones and very gorgeous Bacon and Brie baguettes on offer !
(Amongst other things!)

This is an old fashioned nursery.
None of your fripperies, tacky useless gifts, cheap books, crummy get the picture (or can't get those here either!)
A nursery where everything is thriving and blooming in such a wonderful setting.
Too good to be true... almost.

The 3 acre garden is open to the public, free of charge.

So you can wander to your heart's content and for as long as you wish...
well they do close at 5pm.

I've been here many times and never ever get bored.

Most of their plants are grown at Hill House and there are expert staff
at hand, to help you with your gardening problems etc etc..I know because I listened in (!) on one of the bits of advice! However, that was in one of the glass houses and I found myself getting hotter and hotter so eventually had to leave!

If you visit Devon and love gardens and gardening then Hill House is a must!
You will not be disappointed!

When you've had your leisurely walk around the beautiful grounds, it's time to do the glasshouses!
All 18,000+ square feet of them!

A real treat..and so much better than sitting on a beach with five million other people, don't you think?


Cowboys and Custard said...

Well it's a must then Sal!
I love Devon and I love gardening and cream teas too.. oh and brie and bacon baguettes... So this is the place to be. Looks beautiful and love those shuttlecock ferns.. Mr C would love those being a bit of fern fanatic.
Will earmark this one for our next visit down west..
Michele x

KC'sCourt! said...

Now.....that is my kind of place!
Julie xxxxx

twiggypeasticks said...

smashing tour Sal, thanks. I love proper nurseries, we have a little one near us that has it's own pet cockerel :) he's called Jarvis !!
Twiggy x

Menopausal musing said...

Now that IS a nursery......
What a fantastic place.

Ragged Roses said...

What a wonderful place Sall, if I ever get to Devon again, I shall be there!

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Sal

I have really enjoyed looking at your photos. I love visiting gardens and visited one on Saturday in Devon as it happens. I have made a note of Hill House Nursery as I'd love to go there. The wonders of blogging! Discovering places you haven't heard of before.
Take care
Isabelle x

galant said...

Now then, now then, now then (as Jim'll Fix It used to say), Sal, you forgot to mention (a) that the house and church were designed by John Loughborough-Pearson who was the architect for Truro Cathedral (b) that the plantsman Edward Hyams lived at Hill House in the 1950s and that this garden is featured in the 1980s book, An Englishman's Garden (when all those coffee table books were coming out - An Englishwoman's Garden, An Englishwoman's Home, An Englishwoman's Bedroom et al) and (c) that the Hubbard family who now live there are also keen plants' people, and that Raymond Hubbard was the first person ever to use bilogical controls in a commercial set up in England. As well as being a horticulturist's paradise, it is also a bird lovers paradise ... there is even a seed tray by the desk, so you might be paying for your plants in the company of birdies!
Margaret P

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Linda Gilbert said...

One of my very favourite places. xx

dosierosie said...

What a fabulous place and great photo's as well.

this is my patch said...

I much prefer specialist plant nurseries to common-or-garden garden centres. Although I never say no to a visit to either! x

galant said...

Update on my previous email.

Have been to Hill House today and bumped into my bro in law and sis in law who were enjoying lunch there. Husband and I then ordered lunch and ate it in the lovely garden, in the shade of trees - why go abroad when there is this delightful place on our doorstep. Bought white cosmos for our blue pots ... it couldn't have been more perfect, but for one thing; my little baby camera packed in, battery needed charging ... you'd think I'd have learned to check that by now, wouldn't you ...
Margaret P

Red Riding said...

i love those kinda places!!
im stuck with those tacky places with the gifts and rubbish =S


Andi's English Attic said...

Bacon and Brie? Yum.
What a lovely place. Thanks for the tour. xx

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

Well Sal
what a beautiful place, next to an empty beach, yes that nursery/garden comes a close second.
I have a little job in a nursery at the moment and I must say that the crowds of foxgloves are stunning at the moment.

Yvonne said...

This is one of my most favourite, most frequently visited places... it's like it's got stuck in a time warp... Do you remember it when you came in through the gate next to the church and used old prams with crates on top to collect your plants??? Just beautiful... I can feel it calling me again.... see you there?
Yvonne xxxx