• Guided tour of the Nursery and Arboretum at Thornhayes, near Cullompton. Friday 20th October 2017. See Events section for information.
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Designers in Devon

Designers in Devon Gardens


Devon has a strong tradition of owners designing their own landscapes and gardens, for example the Fortescues at Castle Hill and the Rolles at Bicton, often borrowing ideas from other country estates in the 'spirit of the age'.  However, there are a large number of well-known and influential designers who have worked on the historic landscapes of Devon, and these include:


Robert Adam (1728-1792) alteration of the cascade house at Mamhead; a triumphal arch at Boringdon to act as an eyecatcher from Saltram and alterations to the house; the house and chapel at Ugbrooke, Chudleigh

Sir Peter Balle & Thomas Balle (d1749) at Mamhead

Elizabeth Banks at RHS Rosemoor

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown (1716-1783) at Mamhead, Ugbrooke and possibly Sharpham House, Totnes

William Burges (1827-1881) at Knightshayes Court, Tiverton: Chevithorne Parsonage, Tiverton

Lord Burlington advised at Castle Hill, Filleigh

Percy Cane (1881-1976) at Dartington Hall, Totnes and Sharpham House, Ashprington

Walter Cave (1863-1939) at Sidbury Manor, Sidbury; Sherwood, Newton St Cyres and Dovecote at Chanters House, Ottery St Mary

Sir Francis Chantrey (1781-1841) Octagonal flower garden at Kitley, Yealmpton

WJ Chinneck (d 1961) owner of Stonelands House with his head gardener Mr Webster created the rock garden & planted magnolias & rhododendrons

2nd Viscount Courtney (1742 – 88) belvedere and parkland at Powderham

George Dillistone (1877-1957) at Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton

Achille and Henri Duchêne at Oldway, Paignton

Beatrix Farrand (1872-1952) at Dartington Hall, Totnes

Charles Fowler (1792-1867) Powderham Castle and Exevale Hospital, Exminster

Ernest George (1839-1922) at Rousdon, Combpyne Rousdon

W Sawrey Gilpin (1762-1843) at Bicton,Heanton Seatchville and Powderham, Kenton

Robert Glendinning (1805-1862) Arboretum at Bicton

William Goldring (1854-1919) at Hartland Abbey 1895, Stoodleigh Court 1896

Thomas Gray (d1822) at Bicton, plan of new river & remodelling, Powderham

Naila Green Pecorama celestial gardens, Beer

Fred Harrild (1883-1969) a pupil of Lutyens, at Castle Tor, Torquay

Oliver Hill (1887-1968) at Cock Rock, Croyde

Charles Hoare (d 1851), Peter Richard Hoare (1835- 1877) Peter Merrick Hoare & Peter AM Hoare LuscombeCastle

W A Ingerwersen (1905-1990) rock garden at Bicton

Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1942) at Hartland Abbey and Lewtrenchard Manor

Gertude Jekyll
Gertrude Jekyll

Geoffrey Jellicoe (1900-1996) at the Civic Square, Plymouth and Cathedral Close, Exeter

Edward Kemp (1817-1891) Knightshayes Court, Tiverton

J C Loudon (1783-1843) at Bicton

William Lucombe (1696-1794) at Mamhead

Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) at the Drum Inn Cockington and Saunton Court

T. H. Lyon (1869-1953) the Italian Garden at Great Ambrook, Ipplepen

Robert Marnock (1800-1899) at Rousdon, Combpyne Rousdon

Thomas Mawson (1861-1933) at Hannaford; Widecombe in the Moor, and Wood, South Tawton

Thomas Mawson
Thomas Mawson

Arne Maynard (currently working) at South Wood Farm, Cotleigh.

F W Meyer (1852-1906) landscape designer employed by Robert Veitch & Son, at 15 sites in Devon including the rock garden at Oldway, Paignton, Newnham, Gnaton etc.

Robert Myers recent landscape works in the Cathedral Close, Exeter

John Nash (1752-1855) at LuscombeCastle and Stonelands, Dawlish

W A Nesfield (1793-1881) at Mamhead and WatcombePark, Torquay

Robert Taylor Pince (c1804-1871) of Lucombe & Pince Nursery at Sea Grove House, Dawlish; Winslade House Rosary; Marley Hall, Exmouth

E.S. Prior (1857-1932) at The Barn, Exmouth

George Stanley Repton (1786-1858) at Follaton House, Totnes and Widworthy Court, Wilmington

Humphry Repton (1752-1818) at Endsleigh, Milton Abbot, and LuscombeCastle, Dawlish

Nathaniel Richmond (1724-1784) at Eggesford  House, Wembworthy and Saltram, Plympton St Mary, Plymouth

William Robinson (1838-1935) at Bicton and Killerton, Broadclyst 

Vita Sackville West (1892-1962) the herb garden at Buckland Abbey, Buckland Monachorum

Anthony Salvin (1799-1881) at LuptonPark, Brixham, and Mamhead

Rev.John Swete (1762 – 1821) Oxton House

James Templer at Stover

Xa Tollemache at Castle Hill, Filleigh

James Veitch (1792-1863) at Stover Park, Teigngrace and Mamhead

John Veitch (1752-1859) at Killerton, Broadclyst and Bicton

John Veitch
John Veitch

Robert Veitch (1823-1885) Lindridge, Mamhead, Chevithorne Parsonage, Tiverton

John Webb (1754-1828) proposal at Bicton for alterations 1815

Roger Webster winner of design competition for the Hot garden at Rosemoor

Edward White (1873-1952) of Milner White at Courtlands (in conjunction with Veitch) Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear and Lindridge, Bishopsteignton

Sir Jeffry Wyatville (1766-1840) at Bicton, Endsleigh, Milton Abbot and Hayne Manor, Stowford, near Tavistock