Smallridge garden to open for National Garden Scheme

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 May 2019

Connaught Gardens. Ref edr 13 19TI 1283. Picture: Terry Ife

Connaught Gardens. Ref edr 13 19TI 1283. Picture: Terry Ife

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Keen gardeners can have a look around a Smallridge garden and help the National Garden Scheme at the same time.

Connaught Gardens. Ref edr 13 19TI 1226. Picture: Terry IfeConnaught Gardens. Ref edr 13 19TI 1226. Picture: Terry Ife

A plantaholic's garden is set to open as part of the National Garden Scheme.

Hilary and Michael Pritchard will be opening their one-and-a-third-of-an-acre garden for the National Garden Scheme from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, 7, from 1.30-5.30pm.  

Hilary described the garden, at Socks Orchard, Smallridge, Axminster EX13 7JN, as 'a plantaholic's garden, designed for year-round structure and colour'.  

She said: "We have many specimen trees, shrubs and a large collection of herbaceous plants, over 200 roses, woodland shrubs, dahlias, a small orchard, vegetable patch, small pond, alpine house and alpine troughs.  

Connaught Gardens. Ref edr 13 19TI 1222. Picture: Terry IfeConnaught Gardens. Ref edr 13 19TI 1222. Picture: Terry Ife

"There are steep banks planted with trees and shrubs, and wild flowers, and with a seat and view point at the top.  

"Chickens roam the bank."

The event will feature a well-stocked plant stall, a silversmith selling her jewellery, a local artist's cards, and a demonstration of scroll saw art with goods to sell.

Hilary said: "We are fortunate to have home made cakes supplied by an expert baker.  

"They are not to be missed!"

To find the garden, the directions are: two miles from Axminster on A358 towards Chard, turn left at Weycroft Mill traffic lights, pass Ridgeway Hotel on the left, continue on the lane for half a mile and park in field opposite.

Dogs on leads will be welcome and most of the garden is wheelchair accessible.  

Admission will cost £4.50 and children get in for free.  

Last year the NGS donated £3.1million to nursing and health charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Parkinson's UK, Carers Trust, Queen's Nursing Institute and MS Society.

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