Combe Martin Open Gardens returns next weekend

FROM newly established wildflower beds to formal lawns and Victorian fountains, stubborn shrubs, lush terraces and even a former quarry converted into a garden will all be open to visitors this weekend as Combe Martin Open Gardens returns. A total of 20 g

FROM newly established wildflower beds to formal lawns and Victorian fountains, stubborn shrubs, lush terraces and even a former quarry converted into a garden will all be open to visitors this weekend as Combe Martin Open Gardens returns.

A total of 20 gardens are open to the public this Saturday and Sunday, showing the huge range of different gardening aspects of Combe Martin's long seaside valley.

There are a greater number of gardens this year and many new additions to the programme.

The popular event will once again be raising money for St Peter Ad Vincula Parish Church and the gardens will be open to visitors from 2-6pm on both days.


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With the village's history as a former centre of market garden industry, the nearby silver mines and other quarrying work, plus the proximity of the sea and the steeply sloping valley, each garden shows how gardeners from the distant to the recent past have found their own horticultural balance.

Entry is by programme only, costing �3 per adult with children under 11 years going free, which gives details on each garden, its location, parking availability and accessibility for those with wheelchairs or mobility problems.

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Cream teas are also available at three of the venues, in Crackalands at Woodlands near the seaside, Rosea Bridge Cottage in King Street and Jevington in Rectory Road from 2-5pm. Plants will also be on sale at Adams Hay.

Programmes are available from Sues Newsagent, the Post Office & Richards Electrics in the village, or by contacting organiser Pamela Irwin on (01271) 883469 or emailing p.irwin@virgin.net.

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