Bickleigh Vale: the Village

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’.

  • trees include oak, beech and birches.
  • gateways and paths that link the cottages.
  • birdbaths, stone walls and “Secret Rooms”
  • …..and always a Wisteria Colonnade

Gardening Australia – Fact Sheet: Bickleigh Vale

Bickleigh Vale: the Garden

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 helabore, azalea, daphne, berberis, 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