Budleigh’s croquet club to feature in open gardens this weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:28 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 19 June 2017

Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club. Ref exsp 4491-23-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club. Ref exsp 4491-23-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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This year’s open gardens event in Budleigh Salterton will, for the first time, feature the town’s croquet club.

The club, in Westfield Close, will join the event which offers visitors the chance to walk around gardens which are opened to the public in aid of Hospiscare over the two days.

Croquet club gardening co-ordinator Chris O’Gorman said: “Our aim is to develop low maintenance planting, as most of us prefer to spend our time playing croquet.

“It’s very much a work in progress, but already we have established Escallonia hedges, restored a long rockery and are reclaiming a large bed from a Sleeping Beauty tangle of brambles.”

As well as the 11 full-sized croquet lawns, visitors will find a rockery, shrubbery, allotments, containers and a sheltered grassed area bordered by a variety of trees.

The club will join three other gardens opening up to the public for this event on Saturday (June 24) and Sunday (June 25).

There are also gardens at 16 Meadow Close, 5 West Hill and 3 Lansdowne Road for people to visit.

All gardens will be open from 11am to 4pm with all proceeds going to Hospiscare.

For more information go to www.hospiscare.co.uk/events/open-gardens

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