cedric pollet view of betula ermanii

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

The garden started life back in 1971 as a space for Kenneth Ashburner to start planting the birch and alder trees he was starting to acquire on trips abroad as well as trees given to him by other collectors. Kenneth collected more seed and as the plants out-grew his nursery, so he planted them out in the garden. 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.

If you adore birch and alder and the wilderness areas these pioneering trees frequent then 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

Open all year round

Stone Lane Gardens is open all year round. Please see the Visit Us section for more details.

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