SUMMER HOLIDAY IDEAS for days out for gardening lovers If you are looking for a holiday day out with a gardening theme then we’ve some ideas for day trips for those gardeners who want to take a break from their own gardens It is holiday time and for those who plan to stay at home it’s the chance to enjoy some garden themed days out. August is a great time for agricultural shows, days which the west country is famous for as all round family days out. And gardens will be still be full of colour and beauty and the high summer days offer the chance to travel that bit further afield to see a garden, plan a trip to a horticultural show, visit one of the many NGS gardens open this month or linger later on a particular visit.
It’s theatre time at Hartland Abbey During the children’s holidays the lawn at Hartland Abbey will be bursting with fun and theatre! It makes a family day out to combine the house with its fascinating interiors, the gardens and their winding paths to explore, the walk to the beach and the huge thuja plicata to climb on. For those wishing peace and quiet, Hartland Abbey has many relaxing corners in the gardens. A new, exhibit ‘A Victorian Honeymoon’ will be on display adjacent to the popular ‘Filming on the Hartland Abbey Estate since 1934’ exhibition. The tea room will be producing homemade lunches and cream teas. Theatre productions are ‘Ali Baba’ on Wednesday, 31st July, ‘The Legend of King Arthur’ on Friday, 2nd August, 'Gangsta Granny’ on Monday, 5th August, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ on Thursday, 15th August, and ‘Frankenstein’ on Thursday, 22nd August. There will be a barbecue and Pimms Bar at the events. Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Nr. Bideford, N. Devon EX39 6DT. Call 01237441496/234 or www.hartlandabbey.com
Friars Court combines history with horticultural beauty
Friars Court, located in rural West Oxfordshire, is an imposing 17th century farmhouse with three acres of gardens enclosed within the remaining arms of a 16th century moat. Level walks guide visitors past formal and informal borders, some of which are divided into ‘garden rooms’, a lily pond and 50-foot living willow tunnel. The grounds extend beyond the moat and include a woodland walk. A small museum displays the history of the Friars Court and the Willmer family who have lived in the house for over 100 years. The gardens are open every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August, from 2.00pm - 6.00pm, admission £4 adults, under 14’s free. Homemade cakes and cream teas available. Private garden tours on request. Friars Court, Clanfield OX18 2SU Call 01367 810206 or visit www.friarscourt.com
Dahlias provide August highlight at Cadhay Dahlias promise to be the highlight this August at Cadhay House in Ottery St Mary. Some years ago Paul Kiddle had one of the Cadhay House allotments where he grew a prize-winning collection of dahlia collarettes. When he retired he donated a lot of his collection to the house. Since then the head gardener has developed the collection further, growing many from seed, and it promises to be a kaleidoscope of colour and a fitting tribute to Paul who has since died. Visitors can see the collection and the vast array of lilies. The gardens are open every Friday afternoon from 2pm until 5pm. See cadhay.org.uk for further details. Cadhay House and Gardens, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1QT.
Melplash Agricultural Show - a celebration of rural life The Melplash show on Thursday, August 22nd brings together the best of West Dorset to celebrate all aspects of farming and rural life by the sea. There is an exciting timetable of attractions for the family to enjoy including this year’s main attraction - the freestyle motocross rider Jamie Squibb and his team. Local farmers will be competing in the livestock classes while other members of the local community will be vying for prizes in the handicraft, home produce and horticulture classes. There are over 400 exhibitors and trade stands offering a wide range of products and produce. Entry is free to children 16 years and under. On the day £17 for adults or in advance £15. Advance tickets can be bought at www.melplashshow.co.uk the show is open from 8am to 6pm. Melplash Show, West Bay, Bridport. DT6 4EG.
GILLINGHAM AND SHAFTESBURY SHOW A MECCA FOR GARDENERS Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show takes place on Wednesday, 14th August and with 73 of the 200 classes devoted to fruit, vegetables and flowers, the horticultural marquee is a mecca for gardening enthusiasts. The fragrance and atmosphere is very special. Entries are staged on the morning before show day and judged that afternoon, so that the marquee is open for visitors all day at this traditional one-day agricultural show. Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show, Turnpike Showground, Motcombe SP7 9PL. For schedules call 01747823955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The August 2019 issue of Cornwall Country Gardener Magazine