Stogumber Open Gardens. June 25th 2016
I have for some time wanted to visit the lovely village of Stogumber when they open their gardens, usually earlier in June but this year later because of the Queen's Birthday. I was not disappointed and nor were the other members of the Garden Club who also went on that sunny dry Saturday.
There were 14 gardens open, all but 3 within the beautiful village. We arrived early and found the parking well managed and the gardens well sign posted and the map clear.
What a joy, every garden had something to offer from neatly manicured beds and lawns, ponds, trees, to tumbling blooms of a cottage garden. Some of the views around the village were quite stunning. Some gardens were tucked between, or behind, old and attractive cottages others were in modern properties and opening onto fields. None were a disappointment. It took all day to see nearly all the garden and include the lunch.
What can I say about the lunch? Put on in the Village Hall by the wonderfully friendly residents of Stogumber, and what a lunch, a buffet with a wide choice of main dishes, the raised pies were to die for, and at least a dozen excellent salad dishes and a magnificent array of puddings. We now understand why some people went for just the lunch.
On top of all this there were plants for sale, what more do a Garden Club group need?!
Thank you Stogumber, and I will be back next year, anybody want to join me?
We have had a few changes to future dates, so below are the dates for what we are doing over the next few months.
Hartland: Pauline has kindly agreed to rearrange the cancelled Thur 11th August -:
Garden and Tearoom open 11.30am - 5pm, house open 2-5pm
Entrance to gardens, grounds, beachwalk and exhibitions: £8
Above plus house: £12 adults, £11 seniors.
Leave here about 10.00-10.30, should arrive in good time for opening.
Bring and Share Supper at Cilla's will now be on on Wednesday 31st August.
Killerton visit and Supper is Wednesday September 7, when the herbaceous borders should be at their prime.
Full details will be in the parish Mag.