Farming and gardening can be solitary occupations, outdoors and, for the most part, uninterrupted in our work, enjoying the quiet and the natural world. But that does not mean that we don’t want to share our environment with other people, and the wonderful National Garden Scheme enables us to do that, and to raise money for charities at the same time!
That is why we are, once again, opening our gardens at Stone Farm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May under the “Yellow Book” National Gardens Scheme. And you are all invited. More details can be found on their website here.
The National Gardens Scheme was founded in 1927 to help raise funds for district nurses and has Prince Charles as its patron. Now it raises millions of pounds each year for health and social care charities, by amateur garden owners like ourselves opening our gardens to the public.
Our gardens at Stone Farm, Alverdiscott Road, BIdeford EX39 4PN are very much a country garden with our fields grazed by our Red Ruby Devon cattle and Lleyn sheep as the back cloth. We have built a new walled vegetable garden and have extensive flower beds all under the supervision of head gardener, Fiona Thompson.
The feature walled vegetable garden, recently completed, was built with hand-made bricks and lime mortar. It is planted up with organic fruit and vegetables, all maintained to Soil Association organic standards. We also have polytunnels and a greenhouse, growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, chillis and aubergines as well as a fruit orchard.
The flower gardens include terraced herbaceous borders and a new Japanese-themed area as well as a white garden and a hot garden, with more exotic planting of cannas, crocosmia, lobelia tupa and ginger lilies.
Home-made cakes and buns, cream teas and other treats are available for visitors each day between 2.00pm and 5.00pm. Plants will also be available for sale.
So please come and visit us on May 29th or 30th. You will be warmly welcomed and have an interesting leisurely afternoon walking around our gardens topped off with an indulgent afternoon tea with home-made chocolate or lemon drizzle cake…