Enjoy our beautiful Open Gardens

To celebrate the hospice’s 40th anniversary this year, Rowcroft and our generous community are offering a rare opportunity to visit a wonderful range of local Open Gardens between April and August.

It’s an exciting chance for you to explore some of the most beautiful and inspiring gardens in South Devon, with around 30 local private and community gardens opening their gates in Teignmouth, Shaldon, Galmpton, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, Torquay and other places – all to raise vital funds for the hospice.

So whether you want to learn more about herbaceous borders, marvel at the colourful floral displays, or sit and relax with a cream tea and a lovely view, there is something for everyone, so please do come along.

Gardens galore for you to explore!

We have a fabulous choice of gardens for you to enjoy (see the full list below). In Galmpton alone, the Open Gardens trail comprises around a dozen gardens of every shape and size including classic country, amazing ‘show’ gardens, grand formal gardens, and even a fun scarecrow trail.

And in the lovely hamlet of Olchard, near Kingsteignton, there are eight beautiful gardens including charming cottage style gardens, substantial walled gardens, a water garden, large vegetable plots, and orchards with cider tastings. There’s also the Goodwill smallholding at Bickington near Newton Abbot consisting of a three-acre plot with a mix of cottage garden plants, wildflowers and no dig organic beds full of cut flowers, vegetables and soft fruit. This small farm also boasts pet chickens, ducks and micropigs as well as Granny Pat’s tiny farm shop. In addition, there are community gardens, bee and butterfly-friendly sanctuaries, and gardens with breath-taking sea and estuary views. Browse our Open Gardens below.

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Funds raised from our Open Garden events will support the hospice in caring for local people living with life-limiting illnesses. To find out more about our Open Gardens events, please call 01803 217450, or email debbi.shotton@rowcrofthospice.org.uk

Thank you for visiting the stunning hospice gardens

The hospice was delighted to open our magnificent gardens for you and we thank those who joined us for a guided tour across April and May.

Our guided tour took place in our glorious Mediterranean gardens, the pretty walled garden, beautiful ancient woodland and numerous beehives. The event also featured live music, a café in a marquee, a plant stall and fascinating gardening talks by guest speakers Diane Long and Sue Minter from the Devon Gardens Trust; and Joff Elphick, a professional gardener and podcaster.

Di Feasby is a volunteer gardener at the hospice. Her husband Steve was cared for in Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit before he passed away.

“When my husband Steve was in Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit, he loved looking out at the gardens,” says Di. “The sense of peace and calm they brought was really special. It was just another way that Rowcroft did everything they could to make every moment the best it could be.

“Now, I’m a volunteer gardener in the Rowcroft gardens and love making them as beautiful as they can be so that more people can enjoy them. Please do come and see them for yourself this summer.”

 

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