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Lydeard House Open 19 Jun 2016

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

This four-acre garden has 18th century origins and many later additions. It features sweeping lawns, a lake overhung with willow, a canal running parallel to a Victorian rose-covered pergola along with a box parterre plus a Chinoiserie-style garden. These are complemented by a recent temple folly, walled vegetable garden and wonderful mature trees. Children must be supervised because of very deep water. Deep gravel paths and steps may cause difficulty but most features are accessible by lawn.

Date
19 Jun 2016

Braddocks Open 12 Jun 2016

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

This three-acre garden slopes west to the River Brit. There is a wild flower meadow, small lake, water lily pond, two woodland areas and extensive perennial borders. Flowers and plants include primulas, meconopsis, hostas, bamboos, ferns, roses, rhododendrons, and many others.

Date
12 Jun 2016

Opening times
2pm-5pm

Entrance fees
Adults: £4.00
Children under 12 free

Aller Farmhouse Open 5 Jun 2016

Open Garden in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

The two to three acres of this hot, dry, sunny, south-facing garden are surrounded by pink stone walls and sub-divided into five separate compartments. The cliff garden is a three-sided quarry with old magnolias, figs and Judas trees, plus some newer acacias. There are many unusual or tender plants to spot, including eremurus, beschorneria, dendromecon, buddleia colvilei, and different varieties of echiums. The plants are provided by Wibble Farm.

Date
05 Jun 2016

Opening times
2pm-5pm

Hillcrest Open 29 May 2016

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

This five-acre garden offers stunning views of the Somerset Levels, Burrow Mump and Glastonbury Tor, with plenty of interest even on a hazy day. It includes woodland walks, varied borders, a flowering meadow and several ponds, as well as a kitchen garden, greenhouses, orchards and a unique standing stone as a focal point.

Date:
29 May 2016

Opening times
2pm-5pm

Entrance fees
Adults: £4.00
Children under 12 free

Weacombe House Open 15 May 2016

Open Garden in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

This extensive nine-acre garden has many interesting shrubs and trees, particularly rhododendrons, as well as a large lake, formal terracing and borders, and a walled kitchen garden.

Date
15 May 2016

Opening times
2pm-5pm

Entrance fees
Adults: £4.00
Children under 12 free

Directions
Halfway between A358 and A39. One mile from West Quantoxhead (St Audries) and 2 miles from Williton. Route will be clearly signposted

Garden owner
Christopher and Alex Courage

Fairfield Open 8 May 2016

Open Garden in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Fairfield has some historic walled gardens, planted with interesting trees and herbaceous borders. There is also an intriguing maze and views of the Quantocks and sea. The woodland garden has bulbs, shrubs and fine trees.

Date
08 May 2016

Opening times
2pm-5pm

Entrance fees
Adults: £4.00.

Children under 12 free

Directions
From the A39 Bridgwater to Minehead, turn north. The garden is 1.5 miles west of Stogursey, on Stringston Road. There is parking for cars (no coaches)

Barton Manor Open 29 Aug 2016

Open Garden in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

This is a large award-winning garden, in the grounds of historic Barton Manor (former home of Queen Victoria). It is around ten acres in size, and its features include a large lake with huge fish, formal and informal beds, and some subtropical planting. There is also a hedge maze, Japanese garden, and the UK collection of red hot pokers.

Date:
29 Aug 2016

Opening times
2:30pm-5pm.

Entrance fees
Adults: £3.50
Children under 12 free

Parking available

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