Tree Week 2024 comes to an end on Saturday 4th May with the chance to meet the trees in 16 local gardens to see the trees and talk with the owners about them.  You might even have a cup of tea at some.

The full leaflet can be seen at Finished MTT leaflet 2024 (2)

Detailed descriptions of gardens open for Meet The Trees Saturday 4th May

Morning session:10am-1pm    Afternoon session:2pm-5pm


Bickwell House, Stadway Meadow OPENING 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

A magnificent garden with wonderful sea view setting. Trees include an impressive mature Oak, Loquat, Mimosa, mature Maple there is an intriguing woodland walk-way and stumpery.  Exhibition of tree paintings inspired by the arboretum in their ‘Shell House’


Edgmond, Boughmore Road OPENING 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm (No Dogs)

This is a beautifully open garden with far reaching views across Sidmouth. The front is graced with a magnificent blue Atlas Cedar, perhaps the largest in the valley and mature Copper Beech.  There are rich, themed borders, with planting cleverly chosen for colour and texture.

Deer often roam through, so the planting has been adapted to favour plants that deer prefer not to eat such as hellebore, succulents and fragrant shrubs. The spring border to the right contains Camellias and a Magnolia stellata, behind which a free formed Holly hedge creates a stunning foil. As part of ‘No Mow May’ a teardrop shape of wild grasses will be allowed to grow in the centre of the front lawn.

Andy Rowse, the Tree Surgeon takes meticulous care of these trees which is reflected in their full, healthy canopies.

There are a series of very steep steps so following the signed route through the garden is the safest option and affords the best views. The side garden has a delightful example of a spreading Cherry. To the right of this stretches the prairie border with every colour bar red represented. At the very top of the garden stand Magnolia grandiflora Exmouth, Pear and Apple trees. Do not leave without


Weston House, Boughmore Road, OPENING 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm (No Dogs)

This garden is perfect for strolling around it has so many levels and points of interest. One of the most lovely vistas is from the pontoon beside the large pond, to the top of the garden crowned by the roof of the summer house.

The pond is edged by a gorgeous example of Cornus capitata. Also an unusual cluster of Echium fastuosum, very different to the tall blue spires in Connaught Gardens. Restio grasses, a cretaceous plant, flank the side of the pond.

The middle bed contains 2 large Myrtle trees with multiple trunks. Also Crab Apple, Maple and Cherry Leafed Hawthorn. There is a mature Red Sycamore and an old Cherry tree now a frame for a Montana Clematis – possibly in flower. Follow the winding, Hebe hedge to the top of the garden to the orchard and wildflower meadow. Enjoy the ornamental ginger to the right of the steps as you pass.

A lovely example of a Spindle Tree, Liquidambar, variegated Holly, Pittosporum, a mature weeping Birch and Variegated Sycamore. A fine Parlour Palm and view of an Atlantic Ceder.

There are plenty of charming sculptures throughout the garden as well as terraces with Thailand inspired pots briming with lily pads.

9 Convent Fields OPENING 2pm-5pm

This beautiful flowing garden is full of fascination, it has been superbly landscaped with structure, shape, height and interest at its heart. The entrance to the garden is framed by 2 beautiful Magnolia kobus. Also in the front garden is a Chinese Yellow Pine and a cloud pruned native Scots Pine. You can enjoy the privacy and interest of the carefully chosen Birch trees which provide excellent natural screening from the road.

Follow through the lovely rose arch to the side of the house leading into the back garden where you can enjoy a breath-taking curving stand of Pink Champagne Birches contrasting against Red Acer and Forest Blush Birch. The varieties, textures, and contrasting colours of the bark in this garden is remarkable.

The garden will be open in the afternoon only its feature trees will be numbered and a comprehensive list of the tree varieties will be available. This garden is home to 3 distinguished cats, Pearl in particular loves to show visitors round!

Woodpeckers, Knowle Drive OPENING 2pm-5pm (No dogs)

This is a beautiful blossom garden producing flowers all year round. You will enjoy viewing a wide range of flowering trees: Liquidambar ‘Worplesdon’, Magnolia stellata, Amelanchier canadensis, beautiful White Stemmed Birch, Crab Apple, Spindle – ‘Red Cascade’, (Forest Pansy) – Cercis canadensis with beautiful heart shaped leaves. You can also see a wedding cake tree, Gleditsia – (Honey Locust Tree), Witch Hazel, Walnut and a glade of snake’s head fritillary.

This garden is also home to an established Alder, complete with bat box: Birch trees, Betula luteus ‘Jacquemontii’, Californian Dodonaea, and evergreen Cornus capitata.

Woodpeckers will be open for the afternoon session and there will be an intriguing quiz to test your tree knowledge.


Farthingwood, Broadway OPENING 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Large combe shaped garden incorporating mature woodland. Many large specimen trees dating from its earlier life as part of the grounds of Balfour Manor. Various Oaks, including ‘Luccombe’, Limes, Beeches, Ginkgo and Robinia pseudoacacia (in decline) and possibly the largest Field Maple in East Devon. There is a huge Persian Ironwood who’s cross-linked branching producing a solid three-dimensional structure (the wonders of inosculation – go underneath the canopy to observe). Lesser trees such as Arbutus, catalpa, Cornus kousa, Cornus and Sea Buckthorn. Central area includes a large spring fed pond and wildflower meadow with abundant orchids in spring managed to enhance biodiversity. There are various fruit trees and bushes, chickens and an organic vegetable garden run along no-dig and agroforestry lines seeking to use tree cutting brash and woodchip to sequester carbon.

The garden also hosts the National Collection of Artemisia.

Carrick, 15 Sidlands OPENING 2pm-5pm

This is a roaming garden and perfect foil to its neighbour, with a striking collection of specimen trees and shrubs to enjoy.

Front garden: Judas Tree – hopefully in bloom, a juvenile Mimosa, and a Shumac tree with close family connections.

In the south facing back garden is a beautiful example of a mature Magnolia soulangeana, a large Pittosporum, a fabulous example of a Eucalyptus pauciflora (Snow Gum), with bark patterns reminiscent of an animal from the African savanna. There is an astonishing example of ‘Mauritius’ Hemp, which is a leafy succulent that produces a tall spire of creamy coloured flowers after 4 to 5 years. A healthy example of an established Itea ilicifolia

The garden affords fine views to the sea front and Parish Church, the owners have complied a fascinating folder of photographs charting the development of their garden.

92 Peaslands Road OPENING 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

A mixed native hedge, Maples, Sorbus, wildflower planting in a very natural setting.  A garden very much in harmony with nature.


Barrington Villa, Salcombe Road OPENING 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Beautiful and fascinating grade II listed historic house with ‘garden rooms’ packed with unusual and mature trees including Monkey Puzzle tree with a story, Maples, a rare Magnolia, Oak and Birches.

Teas, coffee and toilet facilities for a delightful morning or afternoon interlude!


Maybury, Salcombe Hill Rd, EX10 8JS OPENING 2pm-5pm

Garden of a total tree enthusiast! From the espalier Apples in the front garden; to the Pears, Crab Apples and currants – this is a fruit filled garden. Of particular interest are Silver Birch, Hawthorns, Holly, Myrtles and a Strawberry Tree (Arbutus) and a greenhouse rebuilt around an existing vine. Also, a remarkable borrowed landscape of Redwood and Monterey Pine.


Littlemead, Beatlands Road Opening 10am-1pm   

Designed garden on many levels and areas of different character. Stars of the garden are three very old Maples, many Olive Trees, Sorbus and Olearia. Mediterranean themed garden at the back of the house and shrub packed banks framing the top terraces.

Combe House, Alma Lane OPENING 2pm-5pm

This is a magnificent mature spring garden with far reaching sea views. There is a steep path which winds through wood land as it wraps its way around the garden. On the edge of the wooded is a stand of six magnificent Monterey Pines over 110 years old.

Other delightful trees to enjoy are a Golden Hedgehog Holly, Bottle Brush, Hibiscus, Eucalyptus, Ginkgo, Scots Pine, wheeping Katsura (Toffee Apple Tree) and a Dawn Redwood sapling. There is also a Chilean Lantern Tree, Camellia, Rhododendron, young Mulberry and a well-established Grevillia. Mistletoe has also been successfully introduced into the apple orchard!

The garden will be open for the afternoon session and will be serving tea & coffee. Please note that the garden is hilly with uneven terrain in places. Children should only go in areas where adults can guide them. Please note there are no toilet facilities.


14 Primley Road OPENING 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Protected, south facing garden close to The Byes.  Wonderful Wisteria and Banksia Rose scented terrace:  mature Maple Norway, Chusan Palm and Cotoneaster cornubia. Other delights include and fig and kiwi-vines, both fruit producing in late summer!  Spring flowers: Camellia, Viburnum plicatum, variegated Rhododendron, Rowan Tree and 2 types of flowering Cherry in blossom.

This garden will also be serving teas.

Widdington, Coulsdon Road Opening 10am-1pm   

A garden designed for shrubs, birds and butterflies. A small space that has lots of interest: Rowan, Crab Apple, Malus and Amelanchier.


21 Coulsdon Road OPENING 2pm-5pm

Birches, Sorbus, Parrotia, prunus (including a lovely Serrula), Sambucus nigra, Apple and Plum trees. A beautiful crafted garden packed with trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers

The owners provide you with the story of how the garden was developed


Sand Farmhouse, Roncombe Hill, Sidbury, EX10 0QN OPENING 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm (Please telephone 07975647760 to reserve parking)                                                                                                

Visitors to Sand Farmhouse will be interested in the range of mature and relatively new tree planting in a lovely valley setting.


The entrance area features on the right a spectacular Cryptomeria japonica and a giant clump of Thuja (Western Red Cedar), both inherited trees that set the scene for the garden and invite visitors to identify them! This entrance area has Betula pendula (Silver Birch), Betula utilis (White Stem Birch) and Sorbus aucuparia (Mountain Ash or Rowan) growing up through a Griselinia hedge (common New Zealand name Kapuka) and an Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) on the road boundary.


Entering the garden via a gate you will see first a newly planted Malus ‘Red Sentinel’ (Crab Apple) then a bed dominated by another beautiful Fir, probably a (Cedar of Lebanon).  The shade created here is planted with various ferns, honeysuckle and hellebores and further down the bank is a firepit area and an Acer atropurpureum (Purple Japanese Maple).


Winding up the path towards the top lawn area you will skirt a wide planted bank area with a focal point Fagus sylvatica pendula (Weeping Beech) and several Chamaerops humilis (European Fan Palm). The top lawn is framed by Ceanothus ‘Trewithen Blue’ (Californian Lilac), Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ (Hawthorn ‘Paul’s Scarlet’, Fagus sylvatica and Ilex aquifolium (Beech hedging with Holly blocks) and new plantings of Malus ‘Evereste’ (Crab Apple ‘Evereste’) and Euonymus europaeus (Spindle) set in cut circles.  Walking around the valley side of the house you will see a variety of trees and shrubs including Sorbus aria lutescens (Whitebeam), Prunus lusitanica myrtifolia (Portuguese Laurel), Hoheria sextylosa stardust (Lacebark or Ribbonwood) Cornus kousa (Chinese Dogwood), Prunus Ko – Jo – No – Mai (Fuji Cherry) and Amelanchier lamarckii (Juneberry, Serviceberry or Shadbush).


The lower garden has several interesting areas with distinctive planting:

The pond is framed by Corylus avellana (Hazel), and old Sambucus nigra (Elderberry tree), a young Magnolia genie (Purple Tulip Magnolia Tree) and a very old Salix babylonica (Weeping Willow) supporting a tree viewing platform.

Set in areas of grass further down are Liquidambar styraciflua (American Sweetgum) and some beautiful old apple trees – Malus ‘Adam’s Pearman’ and Malus ‘Ribsden Pippin’.  The Greengage trees (Prunus domestica Greengage) are also very old.  Enjoy the Camassias growing under the old apple trees as you gaze over the valley.



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