Devon's best kept secret
Fast Rabbit Garden occupies 43 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.
Current price list
With considerable regret, we have to increase our Admission fee to:
We regret that we are unable to offer refreshments expect for pre-booked parties.
Our website has been updated for 2023
TripAdvisor's Travellers Choice award 2022
I adore Fast Rabbit Farm. This place fills my heart and soul with joy. Today I visited as I desperately needed some time to myself to de-stress and that is exactly what I was able to do. As I walked around the paths I was able to relax, forget about everything else and focus on breathing and enjoying being outside.
The landscaped gardens are beautifully thought out and kept for the benefit of visitors, plants and wildlife. A great place for photography, nature walks and spending time outdoors.
There are many wonderful plants, some beautiful mature specimens, some really large and also many tiny details. My favourites this time were the Paulownia trees and the myriad of fungi, but it changes every time. The nursery and polytunnel were a delight at the end of my walk, interesting plants and very well priced. I greatly enjoyed the knowledgeable chat and advice from both Alan and his colleague.
I will certainly be back again for the camellias and magnolias flowering and look forward to purchasing a season ticket for year round return visits.
- Emma Louis H, Jan 2023
South Hams News
By The Dart Magazine
We are fully open every day, all year round. No bookings required. 43 acres to wonder freely in wide open spaces.
We are open to normal hours (See Visitor Information below for times.) We are also complying with all Covid-19 regulations. Mask must be worn in the polytunnel at all times, not essential in the gardens. Hand sanitiser is also available in the polytunnel.
Now open all year round! Free Admission to Plant Centre.
For the latest opening times and prices please click on Visitor Information
New for 2019
This winter we have replaced the middle section of steps in the Step Garden. Alan went bananas last summer and planted several of the leafy monsters. At time of going to press, they have all over-wintered successfully. The stump and tree-fern area now has support from tropical cousins.
The Mediteranean Garden is making great strides and the Magnolia and Camellia walks are stunning. See Trip Adviser or Facebook to see recent reviews and photographs. The early Spring has been exceptional with masses of daffodils, primroses and celandines.
In late April we are expecting a bumper bluebell season which should extend to mid May. Those of you who have visited at this time of year will enjoy a return visit as the lovely plants are colonising new areas.
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.
What to see in Early Spring
The garden is very pleasant in early Spring with swathes of daffodils on the hillsides and carpets of primroses, bluebells and celandines along woodland paths. The garden also shows off its magnificent oak trees along the copse valley.
As well as the camellia and magnolia walks, the many rhododendrons are maturing fast with breath-taking blooms from March onward.
Some mature cherry trees produce a fabulous display from late March to early April.
We welcome any feedback or comments you may have.
Fast Rabbit Farm are pleased to have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor