Bickleigh Vale is the epitome of Edna Walling, where she not only designed the garden, but the houses also.
Design elements of Bickleigh Vale include:
- a series of outside rooms.
- sensitivity to site – quite relaxed, informal and romantic.
- mass planting to frame the lawn that spreads through the garden, leading the eye.
- English cottage plants such as hellebore, azalea, Daphne, dogwood and viburnum.
- also Camelia’s and always a Wisteria Colonnade
- trees include oak, beech and birches
- gateways and paths that link the cottages
- birdbaths, stone walls and “Secret Rooms”
…..and always a Wisteria Colonnade
Bickleigh Vale is named after a village in Devon where Edna Walling grew up. The cottages, which are located along a cul-de-sac, have British names too. There is ‘Glencairn’, ‘The Sheilan’, ‘Downderry’, ‘The Barn’ and ‘Badgers Wood’.