Hawkern garden near Budleigh Salterton opens to the public for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:14 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 06 September 2018

Hawkern garden. Picture: Contributed

Hawkern garden. Picture: Contributed

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Hawkern has been restored over the last 14 years, uncovering historic features, and new perennial borders have been planted

An unusual garden near Budleigh Salterton opens to the public this weekend, Saturday September 8 and Sunday 9, to raise money for various charities.

Hawkern House, on the Otterton to Ladram Bay road, was built in 1920 by two sisters, who laid out its grounds with the help of an uncle who was a curator at Kew Gardens.

Hawkern’s garden is set on the site of the old Otterton Brick and Tile Yard which shaped its contours. It is full of surprises and intriguing landforms. One relatively recent discovery was made in 2003; an overgrown area was uncovered and an Edwardian stone garden found, which now incorporates the dell and a stump garden underplanted with ferns and hostas.

The garden’s lawned areas have panoramic views of the wider landscape from Peak Hill to Bicton Park.

Hawkern is open from 2pm until 5pm on both days, admission £5 for adults, children under 16 free. The garden is well signposted with yellow National Garden Scheme signs, there is plenty of parking, and there are homemade teas for sale.

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