June 20 2013 Latest news:
Friday, February 1, 2013
An Avenues homeowner is opening her garden to the public in winter for the first time to raise money for charity.
Soup and Snowdrops will be hosted by Pat and Phil Attard at Littleham House Cottage, 11 Douglas Avenue, on Sunday, February 10 and 17 from noon to 3pm.
Pat said the new venture followed her and friends visiting Margaret Lloyd’s National Garden Scheme opening in Exeter.
She said: “Margaret is a very experienced and informed collector and each year we have been accumulating and enlarging our own collections from her exceedingly tempting sale of galanthus/snowdrop varieties.
“My own collection had by last year grown to 18 different varieties of snowdrops. So when I had the opportunity to enlarge and extend the number of varieties due to her bequeathing me another ten varieties, I naturally jumped at the chance!”
“There are over 300 different varieties of Galanthus. So the journey has just begun!”
There will be a range of spring shrubs and flowers emerging - the camellias and witch hazel are already in full bloom.
They will also be opening for May Bank Holiday Sunday May 5 and 12 while visitors are also welcome by appointment from February to September.
Admission £3.50, children free, soup and tea available.