Devon's Best Kept Secret
Fast Rabbit Garden occupies 42 acres of the secluded Strawberry Valley.
Nurtured since 1991, it is probably the largest garden featuring acid-loving plants in the county.
Here we try to bring you a flavour of the garden in each season and an impression of the range of habitats which are home to a vast family of plants, birds and other creatures. You will certainly be stunned by the vivid blooms and also soothed by the ever-present sound of water as it splashes, trickles and cascades through the valley.
We look forward to welcoming you to this haven which is south Devon's best kept secret.
Now open all year round! Free Admision to Plant Centre.
For the latest opening times and prices please click on Visitor Information
New for 2017
This winter we have begun two projects to enhance the garden. We have widened the entrance drive and planted a new bed with shrubs and bulbs.The Mediterranean Garden has been further enhanced with a landscaping project to create new paths viewing platforms and seating as well as extensive new planting. The self-serve refreshment facility is now a permanent feature in the plant centre. It has proved very popular. We still encourage you to bring a picnic and enjoy one of several lovely outdoor locations where seats or picnic tables have been sited for your comfort. The "Clothing Optional" days ( one Saturday per summer month)) will continue as these have been very popular. See "Events" page for details.
What to see in Early Spring
The garden is very pleasant in early Spring with swathes of daffodils on the hillsides and along woodland paths. The garden also shows off its magnificent oak trees along the copse valley. Early camellias bloom from February, By April, the stunning displays of primroses and celandines has been "mind-boggling" (to quote a recent visitor) with plants cascading down hill-sides and carpeting paths in vast numbers. Bluebells are shooting up in the many wooded areas of the garden and these will be at their height at the end of April and in early May. To complement these native wild-flowers, the many magnolia trees thoughout the garden together with the hundreds of camellias and early rhododendrons have created an awe-inspiring (one visitor said "breath-taking") riot of colour.
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