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Great Comp Garden

Great Comp Garden is the delightfully quirky creation of the late Roderick and Joy Cameron who moved to the 17th Century Manor in 1957 with the idea of developing the garden into a plantsman’s delight. 

Roderick and Joy rolled up their sleeves and created an eccentric hide away in Platt, complete with an Italian Garden, explorable ruins and a garden which now boasts one of the best displays of Magnolias, Azaleas, Salvias, Crocosmias, Dahlias and other exotic plants in the region.

Curator William Dyson has been at Great Comp for 20 years now and runs his own award winning Salvia nursery on site helping to establish the garden as the British capital for Salvias.

The year begins with Snowflakes & Hellebores, followed by Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons.  Summer brings a wealth of colourful, rare and exotic shrubs and perennials, especially Salvias; these unusual and long flowering plants are particularly well represented at Great Comp with their display extending between May & October.
The Old Dairy Tearooms are open on site every day and provide mouth-watering home-made cakes in a charming setting.

Great Comp showcases four annual events including a Spring Plant Fair, Summer outdoor theatre and an Autumn Plant Fair.

Facilities

  • Groups welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Gift shop
  • Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop