Thursday, 1 May 2014

Topsham’s Secret Gardens on Sunday 8 June 2014

Even in the pouring rain the gardens of Topsham looked beautiful when I visited them during the 2012 'Secret Gardens' event. On Sunday 8 June, Friend of Fairlynch Margaret Wilson, who was heavily involved on that previous occasion two years ago, will no doubt be praying for sunshine. But I wonder whether I’ll take photos as good as the ones you can see at

Whether you like gardens or not, the event is enjoyable for all. “What could be more intriguing than exploring the hidden corners of an ancient port, with streets and dwellings going back 400 years?” ask the organisers.  “Well, looking behind those walls and gates at the secret gardens concealed in many an unlikely corner will certainly satisfy your curiosity.”

Sunday 8 June is when the owners of some of Topsham’s private gardens will be inviting you to see their treasures – if you can find them!

This bi-annual event has proved a big hit with locals and visitors alike, especially with the added attraction of cream teas at Topsham Museum, on the Strand, and in Victoria Road, to ease your path around the town.  This year there are new and previously undiscovered gardens taking part, and so even if you took part two years ago in the last event, there are new gems to uncover – and you can enhance your day even further by visiting the plant stall, where lots of bargains can be found, including selections from some of the Secret Gardens themselves.

Tickets will be available from the Museum, and from other outlets in the town and online via the Museum  e-shop from the beginning of May.  Entry costs £5 beforehand or £6 on the day.

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