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On Sunday 18th July, from 2 pm to 6 pm, 4 gardens in Stowey will be opening under the National Garden Scheme. This year, the garden at Vicarage Cottage will be opening again, after a gap of several years, joining the gardens at Dormers, Stowey Mead and Manor Farm. Plants will be on sale at Dormers and wrapped home-made cakes and scones, together with other delights, will be on sale at The Mead. Whilst we aren’t able to provide Teas this year, due to the current situation, ice creams will be on sale at Manor Farm.

Garden owners have been hard at work to ensure everything looks its best on 18th July. Each of the gardens is very different in character and each reflects the interests and skills of its owners, past and present. The 4 gardens really do have many areas of interest, including flower packed borders, wildlife ponds, vegetable gardens, orchards, an incredible rockery bank, exotic beds, sweet peas, lawns, unusual trees and shrubs, topiary, and plenty of seating with lovely views! Some of the landscaping is historic, some done relatively recently; but it is all beautiful and well worth a visit.

There is ample off-road parking at Dormers in Stowey Bottom, (BS39 5TL). Admission remains at £5 per adult, with accompanied children under 16 being free. All admission fees are given to the National Garden Scheme, which distributes the money to various healthcare charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Hospice UK, Carers Trust and Parkinsons UK, to name a few. Plant, cake and craft sales are in aid of Stowey Church.

Please come along and support this event. You’ll be benefitting some very worthwhile causes and having an enjoyable afternoon looking at some beautiful and tranquil gardens which aren’t normally open to the public. We shall look forward to seeing you!

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