Visiting the Garden
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.
Our new tea room has undergone major refurbishment adding more seating, a fully fledged kitchen and an exhibition space.
During garden open days, home-made soup and hot and cold drinks are available, along with a range of home baking, all at very reasonable prices.
Locally-made products are also on sale in the tea room, including jams and chutneys from JB Preserves, hand-turned bowls made from Lukesland wood and, from time to time, flowers and vegetables from the Lukesland allotments.
The valley in which the garden is situated gives a great landscape but unfortunately limits access for those with mobility problems. However, special disabled parking is provided on the level terrace in front of the house. There is wheelchair access to the Old Pond and the charming Walled Garden, a sun-trap where the scent of wisteria fills the air as you look across to the banks of rhododendrons beyond the Fountain Pond.
Wheelchair users are given free access to the garden.
Toilets are located in the Courtyard, accessible through the Archway at the back of the house. There is now a toilet for the disabled.
Lukesland Gardens is a great place for children of all ages. The numerous paths, bridges and tunnels through the bushes are just made for exuberant exploration. It is just the ideal place to run off Sunday lunch.
Each year we have a new trail or treasure hunt for children. This is mainly for fun, but is also educational. Over the years these have become very popular and help families to see more of the gardens and learn about the different plants.
We make no charge for children because we want Lukesland to be a place for family enjoyment (and the trail leaflet is only £1).
Please note, however, that while children can go almost anywhere, deep water in the pools means that parents must keep an eye on younger children.