The Gardens

Revitalised for the 21st century

The Gardens

Revitalised for the 21st century

The Gardens

Revitalised for the 21st century

The Gardens have always been one of the most loved parts of Dartington Hall and, as part of the overall story of renovation and regeneration, we have exciting plans for the future.

We have commissioned one of the UK’s leading landscape designers, Dan Pearson, to develop a masterplan which will revitalise these beautiful gardens and ensure they are, once again, an important horticultural landmark in Devon.

Dan and his award-winning studio have drawn up plans to sensitively edit and reinvigorate the formal gardens, and to reimagine and renew some of the less successful spaces around the Hall and grounds, creating exciting opportunities for growing, making and play- all linked to the idea of a ‘many-sided life’.

We’re looking at a root-and-branch transformation, not a garden rescue or overnight makeover. The entire project of remodelling the grounds is a long-term project that will need to be carried out in a series of discrete, manageable phases, to minimise disruption. We’ll be running a high-profile fundraising campaign to help support some of the programme of works.

The reinvigoration of the gardens, alongside the creation of the Whitney-Elmhirst Centre, will restore the connection between the garden and Dartington Hall estate as a place of innovation and experimentation.

You can download the Gardens Masterplan in full, or discover our plans through our blogs or via Dan’s presentation, both found further down this page.

The Valley Field project

At our Open House 02 event, we presented updates on Valley Field – a key project in Dan’s Masterplan.


How we’re bringing Dan Pearson’s vision to life: read the latest blog from our gardens team



We want to keep the gardens free to the public – but in order to do so, we rely on the support of our community, Members and volunteers.


Watch: Dan Pearson presents his Masterplan

Open House (8-10 March 2018), was a free event to share the latest plans for Dartington inspired by the thoughts of people like you. We staged an exhibition alongside a series of talks, workshops, art events and more.

Dartington’s CEO Rhodri Samuel introduced award winning designer, Dan Pearson, to speak about his vision for the future of Dartington’s much loved gardens, and you can watch his presentation below.

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