garden tour

to Devon

this meeting has been cancelled




Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 June 2020


This event is for members only.

Plans are all in place for a garden tour in Devon in June 2020. Following the hugely successful tour to Oxfordshire in 2018, members are really looking forward to a repeat performance and it looks as though we’re in for a treat.

We’ll be travellng by coach and staying at the Mercure Rougemont Hotel, Exeter.

On Wednesday 3 June, en route to our hotel, we will visit Helen Brown at Little Ash, Honiton, a country garden of 1½ acres packed with different and unusual perennials, trees, shrubs and bamboos, designed for year round interest. Refreshments will be served here and Helen is kindly arranging an HPS plant stall for us! (See her Facebook page).

On Thursday we start the day with a visit to Keith Wiley’s Wildside garden in the morning. Created since 2004, this is a garden which seeks to work in harmony with nature, and Keith has taken inspiration from natural landscapes to create areas of planting inspired by sights from around the world. It has been widely featured in the gardening press and on television in recent months. Sadly, his wife, Ros, co-creator of Wildside, died last year after a short illness, but Keith plans to keep the garden open this year, and to complete the final section as a memorial to her. Wildside website.
We will then visit The Garden House, which was purchased by Lionel and Katharine Fortescue in 1945, and has gone on to become one of the finest gardens in the country. Incidentally, Keith Wiley was Head Gardener for 25 years from 1978 to 2003. We will be having lunch there. The Garden House website.
We will end the day by visiting Hill House Nursery in Landscove. They have kindly agreed to stay open late for us and will also be providing a cup of tea.

 On Friday, RHS Rosemoor is our first visit of the day, where lunch can be purchased at your own expense. Rosemoor website.
At 1pm we move on to The Croft at Yarnscombe, just 15 minutes down the road. This is a 1-acre plantswoman’s garden featuring an exotic Japanese garden with a tea house, Koi Carp pond and cascading stream, tropical garden with exotic borders, a bog garden, and a large collection of rare and unusual plants. A cream tea will be served here and there will be plants for sale. See the NGS gallery.
And last, but by no means least, on this day, we will call in at Higher Cherubeer at Dolton. This is a 1¾-acre garden with gravelled courtyard, raised beds and alpine garden, lawns, large herbaceous border, woodland beds, potager-style kitchen garden with a large greenhouse, and an orchard. Again, plants will be for sale! There will also be refreshments. See the NGS gallery.

On Saturday we start the journey home with a visit to Am Brook Meadow, Newton Abbot where refreshments will be served. This is a country garden developed over the past 12 years to encourage wildlife, with beautiful perennial wildflower meadows, large ponds, streams and wild areas covering 10 acres, with a formal courtyard garden and herbaceous border with prairie-style planting. See the NGS gallery.
We then move on to the last garden of the tour, Burrow Farm Gardens, near Honiton, where we will have our lunch. This is a 13-acre garden with colour throughout the year and different planting styles which complement the stunning rural views – and it has a nursery … just in case there is any space left on the coach! Burrow Farm Gardens website.

kent group members having a great time


on our garden tour in 2018

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