BUDDIES has been missing for a few days – and for very good reason: I’ve been away on holiday, but more about that will be revealed here soon.
In the meantime, I have news of a Devon garden making its debut for the National Garden Scheme this year and which opens next on Sunday, 26 June and several times after that.
Fairway in Leigh Road, Chulmleigh, is a south-facing, sloping wildlife garden of just under an acre.
Work started on creating this gem of a garden some 12 years ago by the present owners and consists of a maze of paths through meadow areas and young woodland borders.
There’s a medium-size wildlife pond and in the centre of the garden the main lawn is bordered by a perennial and mixed herbaceous flower bed.
Visitors will – if they are patient – tot up more than 200 interesting trees and shrubs and all these plants are labelled numerically, complete with a catalogue that’s available with all the identities.
For motorists, it’s worth noting there is no parking at the garden – this can be done on the roadside or in several small parking areas nearby – and no teas, although Chulmleigh Golf Club, a bistro and local pubs are all within easy reach.
The NGS, of course, raises huge sums for cancer charities and Fairway will be doing its bit not only on Sunday but on 2 June and again on 7, 14 and 21 July, all between 12 noon and 5pm.
Admission is £3.50, with no charge for children.
○◙►» Top, centre and above – three colourful images of Fairway’s fascinating garden at Chulmleigh, mid-Devon.