Date(s) - 22/06/2020 - 31/07/2020
Parracombe Open Gardens Lockdown Style
Visit gardens in a safe and controlled environment. Eight gardens within Parracombe Village will be open for private visits throughout June and July 2020. All you need to do is contact the garden owner and book a time slot. Groups should comprise one household or two people from two different households to ensure social distancing. Plants for sale in some gardens.
Donations will be gratefully received and any money raised will be split between Parracombe Community Trust and NHS Charities Together.
We look forward to welcoming you!
Participating gardens and contact details:
Heddon Hall – Rare species, ferns, shrubs and trees all thrive in their spectacular valley setting. The walled garden has clipped box hedges and cordoned fruit trees as well as flowers, herbs and vegetables. The mainly herbaceous rose garden leads onto a glorious informal rockery and bog garden, where the River Heddon runs into three ponds. Contact Juliet de Falbe 07577 406238.
The Summer House – A small garden carefully laid out with plenty in it. A little vegetable patch, a water feature and some unusual plants. It is much cherished and gives the owner endless pleasure. Contact Jane Keatley 01598 763409.
Little Close – The house and garden date from 1923 and the house was named after the small field it is built in. The garden is informal, developing as an orchard and wild meadow, the terraced area as informal beds and species trees and a woodland planting at the north end, all framed by trees from the original garden of the 1940’s. Contact Julia Holtom 01598 763295.
Paradise Villa – A south facing garden with far reaching views over the west side of Parracombe. Developed over the last three years to be self sufficient in fruit and vegetables, it has 14
separate fruit and vegetable beds, grape vines and fruit trees, various bamboos and giant Gunnera. (Limited disabled access.) Contact Andy Full 07973 214834.
Rock Cottage & Pottery – Started in 2009 from a bare, waterlogged small paddock the garden has gradually evolved over the last 11 years, and is still being added to and altered as it matures. It is a combination of working raised vegetable beds, lawn and flower beds. Contact Kevin & Val Green 01598 763516.
South Hill House – Informal gardens set in gently sloping grounds beside the river Heddon. A walled front garden is of spring interest with mainly rhododendrons and azaleas. A cobbled courtyard leads to the rear garden, a mix of herbaceous borders, mature trees and terraced beds with a vegetable patch. (Limited disabled access.) Contact Alison Smith 01598 763679.
Orchardside – Sited on a steep slope, Orchardside’s garden has a vegetable plot, a small orchard, raspberries, gooseberries, grape vines and red and black currants. There are a selection of ornamental shrubs and an outstanding view. Contact Steve Cheetham 01598 763875.
Laurel House – A small garden packed with successional planting and landscape features which has recently been adapted for easier access to the main beds. Also includes potted plant collections including small bonsai. Contact Lesley Brownlee 01598 763469.