The National Garden Scheme NGS
Lewis Cottage, Spreyton
Lewis Cottage, Spreyton, nr Crediton, Devon, EX17 5AA, is open for the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday 19, Sunday 20, May, and Sunday 10 June, 2012, from 12pm to 5pm. Visitors also welcome by appointment including groups. Admission is £4, children free of charge. There will be home-made teas and light refreshments.
Lewis Cottage Gardens, Spreyton, contact: Mr and Mrs M Pell and Mr R Orton 07773 785939.
Buried in glorious Mid Devon countryside, surrounded by four acres of wild, informal but beautiful gardens and woods, Lewis Cottage is a hidden gem of a garden, a wonderful combination of relaxed planting schemes and formal borders. Its winding walkways, woods and glorious selection of unusual trees and plants have been inspired both by the gardening styles of Beth Chatto and Gertrude Jekyll. Built in the 16th century by French Huguenots, the current owners took over an established but overgrown two acre woodland garden that has expanded over the last twenty years to its current size.
National Gardens Scheme 1927-2012
This year the National Gardens Scheme celebrates its 85th Anniversary “85 years of Gardening and Giving.” The NGS continues to support Nursing and Caring Charities and Devon had another good year in 2011 raising £123,500 –this went towards the £3.1 million raised nationally – a record. The money raised in 2011 will be distributed as follows: Macmillan Cancer Support £550,000 and Marie Curie Cancer Care £550,000, (The National Gardens Scheme are now the largest ever contributors to both of these.) Help the Hospices £450,000, Crossroads Care £350,000, QNI £150,000, Perennial £150,000, National Trust Bursaries £176,000, Others £124,000.
For more information about the National Gardens Scheme please visit www.ngs.org.uk