A woodland garden and organic showpiece of international renown, Greencombe extends along a sheltered hillside below the tree-covered slopes of Exmoor and offers outstanding views over ancient fields onto Porlock Bay and the sea beyond.
Moss covered paths meander through an exceptional collection of ornamental plants that flourish beneath a magnificent canopy of oaks, hollies, conifers and sweet chestnuts. Camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, lilies and hydrangeas flower among rare ferns and the garden's four National Collections. Roses, clematis and other climbers wend their way upwards through an understory which includes a rich collection of maples.
Greencombe is a postwar garden, laid out in 1946 on a north facing hill. For 50 years, Joan Loraine developed a collection of exceptional plants employing methods that she termed “intrinsic gardening”. Building on established organic methods and shunning chemical sprays, she produced all her own compost and spread copious amounts of leaf mould, resulting in fertile soil with a riot of birds and butterflies all around. Like all good plantsmen’s gardens, Greencombe is full of rare and wonderful plants and has much to interest and delight every visitor.
Teas and light refreshments are available in the garden. Catering for groups by arrangement. A select group of plants are available for sale
Open every day from April 1 to July 31 from 2pm and 6pm. Visitors at other times and dates are welcome by arrangement. Admission: £7, child £1, over 100 free!
Follow A39 to west end of Porlock, fork right onto B3225 to Porlock Weir. Turn left after half a mile at Greencombe Gardens sign. Go up marked drive.
Address:- Greencombe, Porlock, TA24 8NU
Telephone:- 01643 862 363