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Forest Lodge

3 acre mature garden with many camellias and rhododendrons in May. Lovely views towards Blackmore Vale. Part formal with pleached hornbeam allée and rill, part water garden with lake. Wonderful roses in June. Unusual spring flowering trees such as Davidia involucrata, many beautiful cornus. Interesting garden sculpture.

Thursday 10 May, Thursday 14 June (2.30 - 4.30pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas.

Refreshments in aid of local charity (90%).

Visitors also welcome by arrangement March to October for groups of 5+. Admission £6.00, children free. Home-made teas.

This garden also makes a donation to Heads Up Wells, Balsam Centre Wincanton.

Mr & Mrs James Nelson
07974 701427

Wheelchair access to front garden only, however much of garden viewable from there.

How to find us

Forest Lodge, Pen Selwood, Somerset, BA9 8LL

1½m N of A303, 3m E of Wincanton. Leave A303 at B3081 (Wincanton to Gillingham rd), up hill to Pen Selwood, L towards church. ½m, garden on L - low curved wall and sign saying Forest Lodge Stud.

More about Forest Lodge

A garden for all seasons. Created on the same spit of greensand as Stourhead, we are lucky in that many rare plants and flowering trees enjoy the soil and weather. We are blessed with the 'S''s - Sunny, South Facing and Sloping so that the garden can be viewed from above and below and the drama of the terraces can be enjoyed. Around the house,there are more formal beds and a beautiful orchard leads you through to a peaceful hornbeam allee with an obelisk. The lake is surrounded with dramatic planting of gunnera and other large leaved species as well as flowering trees such as corylopsis spicata, hammamelis and cornus. In the winter there are wonderful camellias and rhododendrons and in the summer, hydrangeas of all types. Under the lake a microclimate of early flowering bulbs and bluebells emerge from a carpet of wild garlic. Even at quiet times of the year, such as August there are wonderful trees flowering such as Eucryphia and Hoheria.