Hole’s Meadow is a 2 acre hidden garden set within one of the medieval burgage plots in the village of South Zeal, near Okehampton in Devon. It benefits from a fabulous view looking up to Dartmoor’s Cawsand (Cosdon) Beacon. From the village’s main street, the garden is accessed by a short fairly level walk along a private path.
With an emphasis on wildlife gardening it’s partly dedicated to growing many herbs. Since 2013 it’s been home to two Plant Heritage National Plant Collections of Monarda (Bergamot, Bee Balm) and Nepeta (Catmint), of which there are around 100 forms of each. For example, the Nepeta is contained within an area akin to a more formal herb garden, edged in part with germander, chives and box with triangular beds meeting at the central bed, home to a Eucryphia. Numerous thyme, mint, rosemary, oregano, marjoram and no end of other herbs are planted nearby and are all much enjoyed by the bees in the garden’s apiary.
The actual monarda collection specimens are grouped together in large planters to facilitate their care, but there are lots more growing in the young sizeable prairie garden, started in 2016. This is also designed to add to the planting diversity and interest within the garden, particularly during high summer.
Elsewhere in the garden, you’ll find a small shade garden with the lawn edged by Conifers, Hostas, Acer, Camellia and Rhododendron. Vegetable beds, a large fruit cage, and orchard. Also ornamental trees including Magnolias, Catalpa, Liriodendron (Tulip tree) and Gingko. Then over a shallow stream with bog garden and Gunnera, to the young woodland area of native species, interspersed with mown pathways.
Opens for the NGS each year.