ENGLAND: Devon – Bicton Park Botanical Gardens

East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, Devon EX9 7BJ

t 01395 568465


Bicton Park Botanical Gardens
Photographs Eleanor Hurlock

The Collection

This garden hosts a modest collection of cacti and succulents, including euphorbias and agaves, in a small arid house. The plants are labelled and there are interpretation panels on display.

A giant Opuntia that previously dominated the far end of the greenhouse to roof height has been well and truly reduced , and Kew Gardens has provided some new cacti. The new curator is looking to improve the collection and to make sure everything is accurately labelled. There is a large specimen of Carnegiea gigantea (saguaro) which has flowered, something that it unusual in the UK.

Nearest BCSS Branch

Exeter: www.exeter.bcss.org.uk

Meetings are held in Exeter. Please see the Branch website for meeting dates and programme.

A Member’s View

Although the collection is small there is plenty to see in the other glasshouses and in the rest of the extensive gardens to make a visit well worthwhile. Some of the glasshouses have plants that are extinct in the wild, and other plants which are only grown by a very small number of botanical gardens.

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