Marwood Hill

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Local Authority:
North Devon
OS Grid Ref:
SS 546 375
Map no.:
Landranger 180

Plantsmans garden of great merit created by Dr. Smart since1949 on an unpropitious site steeply sloping and exposed to cold sea winds.  Dr Smart lived in Marwood Hill, a pretty late Georgian stuccoed house until he built a new house which he named Marwood Hill; the Georgian house was then renamed Marwood House.   Marwood contains a vast collection of plants from all over the world. The stream which flows through the large collection of fine trees and shrubs, all clearly labelled. The hillside quarry contains a rock garden. The garden is full of good specimens camellias which make a garden has been dammed to give three broad ponds and a stretch of bog with a wide range of water loving plants. There are generous plantings along the stream, and a splendid display in the spring together with drifts of bulbs, flowering trees and rhododendrons.

The Marwood Hill Garden website can be accessed here.


Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 563
S Pugsley: Devon Gardens – An Historical Survey, 1994: 18, 179
Country Life v.169,1981, 448-50.
A.Lees-Milne & R. Verey Englishman’s garden 1982, 128-31.

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