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Weʼre raising £2,500 to Replant the Dell at The Italian Garden

Great Ambrook Avenue, Ipplepen, TQ12 5UL

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The Italian Garden was designed and built in 1909-1912 by Devon architect Thomas Lyon for the wealthy owner of Great Ambrook, Arthur Graham. Lost to nature for decades, it is currently under restoration thanks to National Lottery funding and a dedicated team of volunteers.

Graham was gay at a time when it was illegal and he built this 4-acre walled garden for entertaining in privacy. He was well-remembered by the local community for his financial and educational support of many of those he met and worked with. In this same spirit of diversity and community our aim is to reinvent the garden in his memory as a sanctuary and place of well-being.

The garden was laid out on land adjacent to Great Ambrook House, where a disused quarry served as the central feature creating an impressive ravine garden known as The Dell. Originally planted as a dry, Mediterranean-style rock garden, it has since become shaded by mature trees, now the perfect environment for a Victorian-style fernery.

We plan to create an interesting collection of ferns, including tree ferns, and other plants which will thrive in this environment and add to the horticultural interest of the garden.

Donations of any amount are equally appreciated. The Dell is 30x30 metres and we are aiming to plant tree ferns, which will look spectacular, as well as other ferns and plants suitable for the current micro-climate of this area.

As a guideline, £5-10 pays for a single small fern, £10-20 a medium plant or fern, £30 a small tree fern, £45 a 1-foot tree fern, £85 a 2-foot tree fern, £150 for a 3-foot tree fern.

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    38

    • Vicki Ashworth

      Vicki Ashworth

      Sep 2, 2021

      Thank you for visit to the garden

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 29, 2021

      Amazing place, thanks!

    • The Nevilles

      The Nevilles

      Aug 23, 2021

      Keep up the great work!!

      £100.00

    • Totnes U3A Garden Group 1

      Totnes U3A Garden Group 1

      Aug 18, 2021

      You should all be proud of your achievements so far! Looking forward to following the gardens progress.

      £55.00

    • Juliet Gordon

      Juliet Gordon

      Aug 14, 2021

      Thanks from the Kitchen Table Art Group.

      £50.00

    • Gert Vonhoff

      Gert Vonhoff

      Jul 24, 2021

      I love tree ferns and this will help with the project. Marvellous how you unearthed all thise steps!

      £40.00

    • Chris & Jane Park

      Chris & Jane Park

      Jul 23, 2021

      Keep up the great work.

      £20.00

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    The Italian Garden

    Great Ambrook Avenue, Ipplepen, TQ12 5UL

    The Italian Garden was designed and built in 1909-1912 by Devon architect Thomas Lyon for the wealthy owner of Great Ambrook, Arthur Graham. Lost to nature for decades, it is currently under restoration thanks to National Lottery funding and a dedicated team of volunteers.

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