Two Sidmouth gardens set to open to the public this bank holiday

Garden show takes place on April 11 - April 12 in Sidmouth

Garden show takes place on April 11 - April 12 in Sidmouth - Credit: Google Maps

Two Sidmouth gardens will be open to visitors this month over the late spring bank holiday weekend as part of the National Garden Scheme.

Byes Reach, in Coulsdon Road, and Rowan Bank, in Woolbrook Park, will be open for members of the public to explore and admire the gardens over the long weekend, raising much-needed money for the NGS charity.

Lynette Talbot and Peter Endersby, of Byes Reach, said: “As many of you may know Sidmouth’s gardens and other Devon and UK wide gardens are and will be opening now and in the coming weeks.
“Now that we have turned a corner there’s still a need for caution, but Sidmouth can continue to look ahead with some optimism with Byes Reach and Rowan Bank opening on Saturday, May 29, Sunday 30 and Monday 31. Bookings by pre-booked tickets on the NGS website at are available now for purchase. Time slots are given with restricted numbers to observe the Government’s guidelines.”

In 2020 The NGS donated £2.88million to nursing and health charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Parkinson’s UK, Mind, Horatio’s Garden, Maggie’s, the Garden Museum and many others all doing amazing work in gardens and health.

Byes Reach, at 26 Coulsdon Road, Sidmouth EX10 9JP, is a quarter acre garden with themed borders, potager-style veg garden, seasonal themed beds, a studio and greenhouse together with a fruit walkway, rill, ferns, rockery, a collection of hostas (not in season yet) and a fish pond. Seats are available with easy paved access for wheelchairs.

Rowan Bank at 44 Woolbrook Park, Sidmouth EX10 9DX, is a North West facing garden, sloping and generously planted with trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Steps lead to a wide zigzag path into woodland and Mexican pine. Seats and a summer house are available. There is no wheelchair access.

Lynette Talbot and Peter Endersby at Byes Reach and Barbara Mence at Rowan Bank look forward to meeting you.

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