Smallridge garden opening to the public

PUBLISHED: 15:01 05 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:09 13 July 2018

The garden at Socks Orchard. Picture: SUBMITTED

The garden at Socks Orchard. Picture: SUBMITTED


Visitors invited to see the stunning grounds at Socks Orchard - a ‘plantaholics’ garden

A Smallridge couple will be opening their stunning garden to the public again this weekend

Hilary and Michael Pritchard are inviting people to visit their grounds at Socks Orchard between Friday, July 13, and Sunday July 15.

They will be open from 1pm to 5pm each day, with money raised going to the National Garden Scheme.

It has become an annual village event, with 29 local helpers ready on the open days with a smile and warm welcome.

This year’s new areas are a woodland garden and an alpine house.

The garden is just over one acre. It is a plantaholic’s garden designed for year round structure and colour. Many specimen trees, large collection of herbaceous plants, more than 200 roses, woodland shrubs, dahlias, gravel and grass borders, small orchard, vegetable and cutting patch and a small pond. There is a steep bank inset with trees and shrubs underplanted with wild flowers, with viewing area and seating at the top.

Adult admission is £4, children free. Dogs on leads welcome. Disabled access to most of the garden.

Delicious homemade cakes and teas will be on offer with plants for sale and jewellery, the latter on Friday and Saturday.

Socks Orchard is at Smallridge, near Axminster, post code EX13 7JN. More details are available at the NGS website -

* The National Garden Scheme donated £3million in 2017 to charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK, MS Society, National Autistic Society and Perennial, opened the new NGS Macmillan cancer unit in Derbyshire, and launched the NGS Bursary Fund to help Marie Curie clinical staff to achieve specialist qualifications, etc.

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