Garden memorial for Sidmothian Anne

AN overgrown corner of Blackmore Gardens, Sidmouth, will be transformed into a secret garden in memory of a former vice-chairman of Sidmouth in Bloom.

AN overgrown corner of Blackmore Gardens, Sidmouth, will be transformed into a secret garden in memory of a former vice-chairman of Sidmouth in Bloom.

Anne Bagwell, who died in 2008 from leukaemia, organised the committee's Secluded Gardens event for more than a decade, encouraging residents to open their gardens to the public for a week to raise funds for the town's floral displays.

Now, in her memory, the committee, with help from the Bagwell family, has designed a secluded garden, using some of Anne's favourite plants.

Joy Seward, president of Sidmouth in Bloom, said: "I have a picture in my mind to have a Victorian door with wrought iron brackets leading nowhere up against the Victorian wall, with a rose arch and above the door will be a slate roof."


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Planting ideas include a lavender tree against the Church Lane wall and using two large stone planters.

"We want to do something that has colour all year round and hope to put in bedding plants and winter plants," said Joy, who hopes work will start later this month.

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"We want it so there is not much maintenance during the year. We would like to put nesting boxes on the side wall in the corner area to attract birds and bees and there will be recycled bricks in a pathway from the door to the edge of the garden."

She said Anne had a favourite red and white geranium which it was hoped to plant against the wall and Joy would like to see a mirror incorporated in the garden to reflect flowers' colours.

"We have taken some ideas from Chelsea and are hoping to produce a really lovely garden for a very special lady," she said.

Sidmouth in Bloom raised �1,000 at one of this year's fundraising events which the committee agreed to put towards Anne's memorial garden, and the Bagwell family, including Anne's husband Oliver and her sons Peter and Martin, will be helping with the building works.

"We hope that it will be completed before our presentation evening at The Knowle on October 29, and we will be taking pictures of its progress," said Joy.

She thanked East Devon District Council for allowing the area to be used for the garden and for its co-operation with the project.

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