Gardening In Idyllic Countryside
Sue and Barry Sharkey will open their beautiful garden to the public on Sunday 24th June from 1-5pm. Ewebank Farm will open, for charity, on behalf of the National Gardens Scheme and is in Old Hutton, Kendal LA8 0NS. Admission £3, children free. There will be plant sales and lovely home-made teas.
Sue said, “Our garden has grown and developed in the 27 years we have lived here. It is a wonderfully relaxing place filled with many happy family memories”.
Ewebank Farm is a traditional Westmorland farmhouse set at 600 feet in an idyllic rural setting but, at times, exposed to a biting East wind.
The ¾ acre garden is open-plan and has sweeping lawns with many herbaceous plants as well as shrubs and trees. St. Sunday’s beck runs through the garden and a ‘teardrop’ platform with table nestles along part. It is mostly ornamental but a recently planted orchard and raised-bed vegetable patch add productivity. And the hens, that can wander freely, are warmly appreciated even if liable to destroy prize plants at times! Barry’s musical interest watches on, quite secretly, through various statues or planting schemes.
Sue and Barry employ mainly organic methods. They re-cycle compost and encourage wildlife into their garden. Over 30 species of birds have been seen as well as water voles, toads, frogs, newts and many butterflies.
Sue and Barry say that the main purpose of their garden is for people. Fun for their grandchildren to play in but also a relaxed, inspiring and happy place for adults to meet socially and enjoy life.
Ewebank Farm is opening its garden for the first time for the NGS. You are invited to come here, to relax, to be inspired, interested, surprised and to enjoy a lovely home-made tea with cake.
You will leave up-lifted and know that the money raised goes to charity.