We have selected eight gardens in Somerset and Devon
Details about the gardens are listed below which we hope will whet your appetite.
Most of the gardens we will be visiting will have a selection of plants on sale at attractive prices.
To simplify things for this year we will be charging a fixed £7.00 per seat, per trip on the community bus. Any entrance fees to gardens will be on top of this. We hope this makes for an easier arrangement. We regret that the fixed charge is different to that previously advised but we understand that Somerset Council have now removed their subsidies on the community bus.
If you would like to book a seat for any of the trips please speak or email Jenny Boyce in the first instance.
Telephone : 01398 323463
Click on the pictures for more information about the gardens
Friday 6th March 2020 Broomclose, Porlock
A large, varied garden set around an early 1900’s Arts and Crafts house overlooking the sea. Original stone terracotta Mediterranean garden, long borders, copse, camellia walk, orchard with bee hives and vegetable garden. A maritime climate favours unusual sub-tropical trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.
Tuesday 7th April 2020 Chevithorn Barton, Tiverton
Newly planted areas complement a walled garden, summer borders and woodland of rare trees and shrubs. In spring, the garden features a large collection of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons. Home to the National Collection of Quercus (Oaks) comprising over 440 different taxa. From time to time within the gardens are a flock of Jacob sheep and rare breed woodland pigs.
Monday 4th May 2020 Musselbrook Cottage, Petrockstowe
A 1 acre naturalistic/wildlife/plantsman’s garden of all-season interest. Many rare and unusual plants on a sloping site. Nine ponds, stream, Japanese/Mediterranean gardens, wildflower meadow. Thousands of bulbs, hundreds of ericaceous plants including acers, rhododendrons, camellias, hydrangeas and magnolias. Grasses, dierama, crocosmia; a wildlife haven. Aquatic nursery including waterlilies.
Wednesday 3rd June 2020 Glebe Court, Monkton Elm, Taunton
A walled garden with greenhouses, orchard, vegetable plots, fruit trees and flower beds; herbaceous and shrub borders with some unusual trees. A series of ponds; 11 acres in all surrounding the Georgian Rectory.
Friday 3rd July 2020 Linden Rise, Coombe Martin
In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with countryside and sea views, a 1½ acre garden of lawns, mature trees and sea views. Children’s play area, pergola, decorative ponds, small orchard and seasonal flower borders.
Tuesday 4th August 2020 Hillcrest, Stoke St Gregory
The garden boasts stunning views of the Somerset Levels, Burrow Mump and Glastonbury Tor but even on a hazy day the 5 acre garden offers plenty of interest. Woodland walks, varied borders, flowering meadow and several ponds; also a kitchen garden, greenhouses, orchards and unique standing stone as a focal point. Most of the garden is level with a long, gently sloping path through a flower meadow to a lower pond and wood.
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 The Newt, Bruton, Castle Cary
For many years this historic country estate was under restoration and opened as visitor attraction incorporating its local heritage and curiously cultivated gardens. The Newt – formerly Hadspen House – is a working estate with a focus on sustainability. The gardens take centre stage and at their core nestles a walled Parabola with a large collection of trained apple trees, arranged in a maze. There is a wide range of cultivated areas including a kitchen garden, a fragrance garden, colour gardens, cascades, ponds and lakes.
Monday 5th October 2020 Higher Cullaford, Crediton
A traditional cottage-style garden developed over the past 12 years from a steep field and farmyard on the northern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Mixed borders of herbaceous plants, roses and shrubs. A 30ft pergola is covered with Seagull rose and many varieties of clematis. A wildlife pond, newly planted pleached hornbeam hedge. Additional vegetable garden with polytunnel, fruit cage and fruit trees.