Stone Lane Gardens

A spectacular 5 acre woodland and water garden on the north-eastern corner of Dartmoor National Park that enchants and inspires in every season, famous for National Collections of Birch and Alder trees.

Winner of BBC Gardeners' World magazine 'Garden to Visit' in the South West. 2010

The garden is threaded with pools and streams, while gleaming tree bark in a myriad of shades is enhanced and complemented by a varied tapestry of shade-loving plants.

"One of the most inspiring National Collections in the country". The Daily Telegraph

Stone Lane Gardens
Photograph by kind permission of Cedric Pollet

The garden started life back in 1971 when modern-day plant hunter Kenneth Ashburner started growing birch and alder trees from the seed he gathered on his trips around the Northern Hemisphere.

Gradual and artfully planned landscaping created the framework of the garden you see today. A garden crammed full of unusual and beautiful trees, many of them rarely seen in the UK.

The 'Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition' takes place each year in the beautiful garden setting. The exhibition was started by Kenneth’s wife June in 1992 and is now an important showcase for West Country artists. The theme for 2012 is ‘Birds’ and the exhibition runs from May 6th to October 3rd.

"…Stone Lane Gardens is not to be missed. It’s not just a National Collection, it is a reminder of a world too precious to be ignored". Roy Lancaster

Visiting Stone Lane Gardens

The garden is open daily, seven days a week throughout the year. Admission £5 adult, £2.50 child, family £13. (under-5 free). The adjacent tree nursery offers a wide selection of birches and alders, grown in nursery fields for sale in autumn and winter: order by phone, email or via the online shop.