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Summers Place

Whitestone

The garden will open on an additional day, 4th August, to the dates published in the Garden Visitor's Handbook. Rambling rustic paths and steps (some steep) lead down a shaded woodland garden; unusual trees and shrubs (profusion of spring bulbs) and roses galore in June to ornamental orchard (berries, fruit, hip, autumn colour) with follies, sculpture, stream and ponds. Conservation as important as horticulture (wild areas).
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    Our first job some 16 years ago was the dull cottage garden. It now has intimate areas divided by high planting and linked by ornamental paths enlivened with quirky features, arts and craft walled patio, animal sculptures and two new upcycled water features. Judicious hard coppicing gives an airy feeling enhanced by new vistas over fields to distant woods and hills and enhanced by a revamped path and sunnier large bed. We then planned an interesting wild woodland garden. Envisage a north facing bramble-infested slope leading to a valley with old oaks and a large ditch! Now you will see an area of many rare shrubs and trees, ground cover and spring bulbs. The spring-fed ditch has now been excavated to provide an interesting feature with dams and bog plants in places. Downstream is a new large pond and delabole slate waterfall with a new exciting sitting/viewing area under construction. There are also many paths, walkways, some steps can be mitigated by taking arrowed route which shows nearly all the garden with the least effort - just a suggestion as we still encourage visitors to roam at will. Conservation is high on the agenda for plant, insect and bird life. There are also sculptures and follies.

    Another feature is a sunnier ornamental orchard for blossom and then obviously berries and fruit for year-round interest. Grass steps (not too steep) lead down from a wildlife pond overlooking the garden with panoramic views of the countryside and Dartmoor on the horizon now enhanced by viewing platform made from gifted timber from the famous Wild Mouse ride (Blackpool Pleasure Beach) and made to represent one of the Mouse cars. It is here you will also meet some old childhood friends.

    Dogs and children especially welcome. Brookside is an extra walk through our fields for dogs. There are also lots of rare breed turkeys, ducks and bantams to see.

    Additional attractions:

    30th June
    A respected Antiques dealer will come with a table of small treasures, bring similar for valuation if you like.
    Children's 'safari trail'.
    Home-made teas.

    29th September
    Homeleigh Nurseries will have a plant stall.

    Stout footwear advised and we regret that garden is not suitable for wheelchairs. Arrangements can be made for wheelchairs at the tea area but please phone the day before. Food will be under cover if showery.

Features and Attractions

Intimate gardens round house, recently revamped new vistas. Animal sculptures and water features. Further new amusing features. Children and dogs love gardens. Garden related experts usually attend with sales tables. In June, Rhona from St Bridget Nurseries, will be demonstrating with seeds for late summer/early autumn flowering. Also there will be a small antiques stall (Graham would be happy to value small objects). On 29 September Homeleigh Nurseries will have a plant stall.

Press and Media Coverage

Devon Life.

Summers Place- Canceled

Refreshments:

On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

Admission by donation

Admission:
  • Adult:
  • Concessions:
  • Child:

On this day, this garden opens as part of .

Admission also gets you entry to this garden in the area:

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  • Regular opening
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening

This garden also makes a donation to Stroke Unit Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Owner Information

Mr & Mrs Stafford Charles
01647 61786

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How to find us

Summers Place
Little Bowlish
Whitestone
Devon
EX4 2HS

6m NW of Exeter.
  • More detailed directions
    From M5, A30 Okehampton. After 7m R to Tedburn St Mary R at r'about past golf course 1st L after ½m signed Whitestone straight ahead at Xrds follow signs. From Exeter on Whitestone rd 1m beyond Whitestone, follow sign from Heath Cross. From Crediton follow Whitestone rd through Fordton.

More about Summers Place

Our first job some 16 years ago was the dull cottage garden. It now has intimate areas divided by high planting and linked by ornamental paths enlivened with quirky features, arts and craft walled patio, animal sculptures and two new upcycled water features. Judicious hard coppicing gives an airy feeling enhanced by new vistas over fields to distant woods and hills and enhanced by a revamped path and sunnier large bed. We then planned an interesting wild woodland garden. Envisage a north facing bramble-infested slope leading to a valley with old oaks and a large ditch! Now you will see an area of many rare shrubs and trees, ground cover and spring bulbs. The spring-fed ditch has now been excavated to provide an interesting feature with dams and bog plants in places. Downstream is a new large pond and delabole slate waterfall with a new exciting sitting/viewing area under construction. There are also many paths, walkways, some steps can be mitigated by taking arrowed route which shows nearly all the garden with the least effort - just a suggestion as we still encourage visitors to roam at will. Conservation is high on the agenda for plant, insect and bird life. There are also sculptures and follies.

Another feature is a sunnier ornamental orchard for blossom and then obviously berries and fruit for year-round interest. Grass steps (not too steep) lead down from a wildlife pond overlooking the garden with panoramic views of the countryside and Dartmoor on the horizon now enhanced by viewing platform made from gifted timber from the famous Wild Mouse ride (Blackpool Pleasure Beach) and made to represent one of the Mouse cars. It is here you will also meet some old childhood friends.

Dogs and children especially welcome. Brookside is an extra walk through our fields for dogs. There are also lots of rare breed turkeys, ducks and bantams to see.

Additional attractions:

30th June
A respected Antiques dealer will come with a table of small treasures, bring similar for valuation if you like.
Children's 'safari trail'.
Home-made teas.

29th September
Homeleigh Nurseries will have a plant stall.

Stout footwear advised and we regret that garden is not suitable for wheelchairs. Arrangements can be made for wheelchairs at the tea area but please phone the day before. Food will be under cover if showery.

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