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Rock Garden

This site originally started off as the marl digging site for building the Abbey. The Rock Garden itself was designed and created in 1923 around this site using the rocks unearthed on the estate and planted with alpines and trees for year-round interest. There are carpets of Crocus tomasinianus in spring followed by Cyclamen coum. Tulipa sprengeri takes the centre stage along with numerous Primula denticulata that are planted around the series of ponds that are set within the rockery. Through the year Narcissus pseudonarcissus, Fritillaria meleagrisfollowed by Lilium martagons and Cyclamen hederifolium add more interest to parts of the rockery that does not get full sun and on the sunny scree there is an ever-evolving mixtures of alpines throughout the year.

More gardens at Forde Abbey

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