Thorn House Garden

Thorn House and Gardens

Thorn garden covers an area of nine acres, including an area of natural woodland.

Thorn Garden also has a growing collection of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons, tree heaths and heathers, hydrangeas, red hot pokers (kniphofia) and holds a collection of trees from around the world of interest to serious dendrologists and general tree-lovers alike.
Trees from South America, such as the beautiful evergreen gevuina avellana (Chilean hazel) can flourish, and grow to the large size of the magnificent specimen present in the garden today.
In 1920 ‘South Wembury House’ was sold to William Arkwright who renamed it 'Thorn'. He embarked upon a major programme of garden development bringing with him some original items, including four enormous Italianate Carrara marble urns which remain as important focal points in the garden today. John and Eva Gibson have lived at Thorn since 1981 and have attempted to recreate Arkwright's vision of 'Utinam'.

Thorn House and Gardens Opening Times - see latest information by visiting website.

The garden is open to the public by appointment and guided tours can arranged for small groups by the current owner, Dr Eva Gibson, in English or German.
Parking at the house is possible for up to 20 cars. Mini-buses / small coaches may drive directly to the house; however guests on 52-seater coaches need to walk the 1km private drive to the garden due to the narrow drive.
For Garden map location see below.


  • Telephone: 01752 862494
  • E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Street: Thorn House & Garden
  • Postcode: PL9 0EQ
  • City: Plymouth
  • County: Devon
  • Country: United Kingdom


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Garden Location on a Map