Camellia Festival at Greenway House

It is a long and winding road to get to Greenway House, the holiday home of Agatha Christie. Don’t believe the Sat Nav as it takes you into a cul de sac in a village about 2 miles away. You must book your car parking space online or by telephone before you arrive or you won’t be let in – so already you know you are going to a very special place.

It is all worth it – just LOOK! this is the view from the car park!view from the car park

And further along the tarmac drive you see more of the River DartRiver Dart, Devon

I was lucky enough to be there on a gloriously sunny Spring Day – they have been precious and few! (As I write this post there is rain, wind, cold and sleet, beating against my window – I neeeeed this post to cheer me up!)

In front of the house,  the enormous magnolias took my breath away!Greenway house and magnoliasmagnolia

Below is the view from the front door – imagine waking up to this on a sunny spring morning!magnolia

Greenway House, Agatha Christie

and looking up from a path that leads down to the Camellia Garden

path to the river

camellia garden Greenway house

camellia, Greenway House

The gardens in general are completely splendiferously, romantically, beautifully gorgeous! But I have to say the area described as the Camellia Garden is a little underwhelming – beautiful blooms had to be searched for and the arbour has definitely seen better days



everywhere there are beautiful views of the River Dart – shimmering in the sunlight

from the camellia garden

Click on any photo to see it full screen.

I would have taken all day to record the names of all the Camellias but in my mind I could hear Cathy of Rambling in the Garden asking me the names and so I recorded my favourites



This one is Marjorie Davis


I hope this post has conveyed some of the beauty of the gardens ….. there is more to come.


29 responses to “Camellia Festival at Greenway House

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  3. These are just beautiful, the flowers, the views, what a lovely place to spend the summer!

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  4. My feelings on camelias have already been aired so I won’t bore you with mine. Great photos though!
    I hope your weather improves – not least because it’s making Mr. Tialys miserable as he’s over there at the moment and therefore very grumpy on his phone calls home.

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    • They look best in photos! 😉
      I can understand Mr T’s grumpiness – I’m feeling pretty grumpy myself – it is sunny today – but that wind – cuts right through you – grrrrr!


  5. Lovely visit, Sandra, thanks for sharing it

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  6. It’s wonderful to see such greenery and blooms when it’s still so grey and grim. (We’ve enjoyed a couple of warmer, sunny days here; however, we endured high winds, sleet, hail and snow on Wednesday, grrrr.) Greenway House looks idyllic, and those camellias are stunning.

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  7. Murtagh's Meadow

    Looks really lovely

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  8. How lovely it must have been to live there. There are camellia bushes in some gardens not far from my house. I always like seeing the flowers, they are so pretty.

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  9. It’s certainly a stunning environment – any view that features water gets my vote! I’m also not convinced about camellias – or rhododendrons for that matter – the wrong weather conditions on the day they flower and poof it’s all over and done with. Having said that finding one in full glory the day you turn up is pretty special 🙂

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    • Yes, yes, yes – any view that includes water ………
      I’m with you on camellias and rhodis – the latter are a bit of a weed around here.
      AND that garden on that day was perfection – magic – transporting – special ….

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      • I think if you go on a good day it becomes a wonderful memory that lures you back for a return visit. I remember visiting Sissinghurst on a not good day and being sooooo disappointed and never wanting to give it a second visit.

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        • I visited Sissinghurst on a good day and did enjoy it, but not hugely – I wouldn’t make an effort to go back. I was dissappointed with the white garden having seen so many amazing photos of it. Expectations have a lot to answer for. 🙂

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  10. That garden and the view is so enviable! I like seeing Camellias in other people’s gardens, but they are over so quickly aren’t they. The Magnolia tree is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing more. 🙂

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    • I agree to enjoying camellias in other people’s gardens – the new blooms are so exotic and film-star like – but they fade in such a ‘brown’ way, as you say – so quickly.
      I LOVED that garden – I wanted to stay there for years!

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  11. My jury is out on Camellias. There are two with sentimental reasons in my garden but my life would be easier if they were not exactly where I want my garden seat. The words “serious pruning” come to mind. However, your blog today shows how stunning they are in the right location.

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  12. The house does look as if it has come straight out of an Agatha Christie novel complete with sweeping drive and fabulous well tended gardens. I wonder if she used it as an inspiration for her writing or perhaps holidayed there because it reminded her of the settings for some of her mysteries.

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  13. I am in two minds about camellias – they are so lovely, but so fleeting, often getting destroyed by the weather because they flower so early. Our neighbours have one in their front garden and often at this time of year, after a windy day the street is strewn with sad battered blooms. Still, without them there would be no tea…

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