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What You Will See
Throughout the season you will see the clear waters of the stream cascading over waterfalls and lying tranquil in the ponds. The garden is based around numerous islands and bridges, which makes it great fun for all age groups to explore. There is something unexpected around every corner!

At the latest count (May 2015) there are now 4 National champion trees in the garden, 4 English champions and 25 Devon champions. The famous Magnolia Campbellii has been slightly outgrown in girth by a couple at Borde Hill in Sussex., "but would be the champion for spread if we counted this" Owen Johnson, National Tree Register.

Tree lists are available on request in the tea room.

Big Magnolia

March and April

In the early part of the season, snowdrops and daffodils abound. Camellias have become a speciality, and a trail is laid out so that visitors can see a surprising number and range of these shrubs with their exquisite flowers. Magnolias vary with the season, but there are always some out. The unusual big-leafed rhododendrons also flower now.

Late April and May

The middle part of the season is dominated by rhododendrons. These are everywhere, big and in all shades of colour. They form a stunning visual feast on a scale that is breath-taking: some are forty feet high and tower overhead. The beech trees spring into fresh green leaf and under them the bluebells provide their delicate carpet.

Late May and June

This is the time for azaleas. These are smaller than rhododendrons, but their colours are dazzling. Reflected in the ponds, they glow with the full brightness of early summer. By now the wild flowers, particularly the primulas along the stream banks, are also a sight to see. The davidias (handkerchief or ghost trees) are loaded with their characteristic white bracts, and many people make return visits just to see these.


The great variety of trees and shrubs at Lukesland also makes it stunning in October and November, which is why we have decided to offer Autumn openings from 2006. The shelterbelts of beeches, planted by theVictorians to protect the garden, turn a glorious gold, while more exotic species such as acers, azaleas, gingko and katsura reflect their fiery redsand oranges in the pools of the Addicombe Brook.

Recent Addition

A recent addition is the long herbaceous border in theTudor Gardens.

South-facing, against a magnificent old wall, this border is planted for late-summer and autumn flowering but also has spring bulbs for earlier colour.

Herbaceous Border
Lukesland Gardens, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 0JF
Tel: 01752 691749