Abbotsbury Open Gardens
17th June 2012 (2.00pm – 5.30pm)
Every year the Friends of St. Nicholas organise an Open Garden Day where visitors can wander around the beautiful gardens of The Old Gate House and enjoy the wonderful landscape of this period country house. Built in the early 14th century the Gate House was part of the Abbey which stood here in Abbotsbury from 1044 until it was destroyed under Henry VIII’s rule in 1540. But the Gate House survives and the extensive gardens are carefully maintained by the present owners.
However this year, for the first time, four other gardens in the village are also being opened to the public and, whilst perhaps not on the same scale as The Gate House, they offer people the opportunity to take a wonderful garden tour of Abbotsbury.
Tickets cost £3 for adults (children free) and allow entry to all seven gardens. They may be purchased from any of the gardens on the day or in advance from Tricia Houlberg – Church View, 13 Rodden Row, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JT (01305 871085) or Peter Evans – 7 West Street, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JT (01305 871527). Tickets purchased in advance will allow free parking in the village car park but if applying by post please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Refreshments, plants and produce sales will be available at The Old Gate House so come for the afternoon and allow time to enjoy all the gardens open that day. All the proceeds from the event go to the Friends of St. Nicholas (registered charity number XT31464).
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