Socks Orchard; a plantwoman’s wonder

Relaxing and floriferous, this colourful and species rich garden in Axminister, Devon is owned and nurtured by a true plantswoman Hilary Pritchard and her husband Michael. Hilary’s intimate knowledge of her plants and the sheer pleasure she derives from them is infectious. Join her now for a brief visit and plan to take a longer trip soon:

A closer look…

This one acre plus plantaholic’s garden is designed for year round structure and colour. With its many specimen trees, large collection of herbaceous plants, over 200 roses, woodland shrubs, dahlias, gravel and grass borders, small orchard, vegetable patch and small pond there is so much to see.

The beautiful steep bank with lovely views is inset with shrubs underplanted with wild flowers while Alpine troughs and an alpine house and wonderful greenhouse provide so much to explore and be inspired by. This is a generous garden with a deeply generous host.

“There is nothing better than growing plants and sharing them,” says Hilary of her beloved greenhouse. “And a third of the steep bank is also given over to our chickens, providing us, and most of the village with eggs.”

“I am so sorry that people are unable to come at the moment, but there will be cake and tea ready as soon as it’s safe to visit.”

 

To find out when Socks Orchard opens again click here 

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