Forde Abbey


Prologue

 

 

 

Forde Abbey, four miles south east of Chard, offers a fascinating history, a stately home full of rare treasures and, above all, one of the oldest and finest gardens in the south west of England. The abbey is particularly famed for its massive walled kitchen garden, full of colourful flowers, interesting vegetables and tender fruits like apricots growing against the shelter of the old walls.

As the camellias, Chinese witch hazel and cyclamen of late winter fade, ten acres of snowdrops burst into life, to be overtaken by a stunning display of daffodils in March.

There are many beautiful statues waiting to be discovered in the grounds, including a bronze stallion rearing over the lawns and a beautiful statue of Leda and the Swan in the mermaid pool.