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LOCAL GARDEN VISITS - DEVON Compiled by Vivienne Lewis

Rowden House, Noss Mayo, Plymouth

A new opening for the NGS this year, Rowden House has a beautiful south-facing garden in a rural setting with views across to the fields beyond. The one acre garden owned by Mr and Mrs Andrew Kingsnorth is just half a mile from the centre of the village of Noss Mayo and is landscaped with drystone walls, steps and grassy paths, mature shrubs and trees underplanted with bulbs and perennials, giving year-round interest. A peaceful place, with a pond and stream, perfect in spring.

Rowden House, Stoke Road, Noss Mayo, Plymouth PL8 1JG. Open for the NGS: Saturdays 6th April and 3rd August, 1pm-5pm. Admission: £3, children free (share to Operation Hernia). Home- made teas. Dogs on short leads welcome.

Sidbury Manor, Sidbury, Sidmouth

The Victorian manor house, owned by Sir John and Lady Cave, was built by the owner’s family in the 1870s and has 20 acres including an arboretum with many fine trees and shrubs and a number of champion trees. Sidbury Manor is set within the East Devon Area of Natural Beauty and is a mile north west of the village of Sidbury off the A375 between Sidmouth and Honiton. There are large walled gardens and areas devoted to magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons.

Sidbury Manor, Sidbury, Sidmouth EX10 0QE. Open for the NGS: Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 2pm-5pm. Admission: £4.50, children free. Home made teas. Partial wheelchair access. Dogs on short leads welcome.

Kia-Ora Farm and Gardens, Cullompton

A charming ten-acre garden popular with visitors, full of surprises and something new to see every year. With a reputation for very good home made teas and cream teas, the garden owned by Mrs M B Disney has lawns, lakes, ponds and plenty of interest on the water features with swans, ducks and other wildlife. There are mature trees, azaleas and rhododendrons, heathers, roses later on, herbaceous borders and rockeries. There’s something for everyone, as apart from a nursery avenue there’s also novelty crazy golf to enjoy.

Kia-Ora farm and Gardens, Knowle Lane, Cullomptopn, EX15 1PZ. Telephone: 01884 32347. For more details email: rosie@kia-orafarm. or visit the website at Open for the NGS:

Easter Sunday 31st March, Easter Monday, 1st April, Sunday 14th April, Sunday 5th, Monday 6th (May Day Bank Holiday), Sunday 19th, Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May; Sundays 9th and 23rd June; Sundays 14th and 28th July; Sundays 11th, 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th August; Sunday 8th September. All openings 2pm-6.30pm. Admission: £3, children free. Visitors also welcome by appointment. Cream teas and a wide selection of home-made cakes can be enjoyed inside or out. Plants for sale. Wheelchair access. The garden, beside the Rugby Club, has ample parking with sufficient space for coaches.

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