National Hosta and Agapanthus Collections & Garden Tours

Bowdens are proud to host two National Collections:
The National Collection of Hostas - 'Halcyon' and Sports
The National Collection of Agapanthus - Pine Cottage Cultivars.

We welcome visitors, whether by carload or by coachload.



This unique garden was established by Roger and Ann Bowden in the 1990s on several acres of land adjacent to our Sticklepath nursery. After collecting hostas for many years they were awarded a National Collection of Modern Hybrid Hostas by Plant Heritage – the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens.

The gardens are open to the public from March to July, weekdays and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm. Visits outside these times are possible, but please call us before making a special trip. Entry is just £4 per person.

We have special offers for garden clubs or other tour parties:

Devon Experience
£5.50 per person. Minimum 15 people.
Arrive at Bowdens for a  personally guided tour of three gardens of hostas, ferns, bamboos and other plantings, followed by tea, coffee and cake.

Malvern Experience
£12.00 per person. Minimum 15 people.
Arrive at Bowdens for a personally guided tour of three gardens of hostas, ferns, bamboos and other plantings, followed by buffet luncheon.

Chelsea Gold Experience
£15.00 per person. Minimum 15 people.
Arrive at Bowdens for a personally guided tour of three gardens of hostas, ferns, bamboos and other plantings, followed by buffet luncheon and a gardening talk with Peter Savage.

Other customised options are also available, including a behind the scenes Chelsea Flower Show presentation and a fine dining dinner. Call Tim Penrose on 01837 840989 to enquire about a wonderfully entertaining morning, afternoon or evening for your tour group.


Coach Tour 2015
    Garden Tour 2015