Talaton Open Gardens

Weekend of May 25th/26th 2024 2pm-6pm
12 Gardens ranging from very small to large

Weekend Pass £5 - Under 16's FREE
Cash Only
Pay in Church Car Park or any of the gardens

Plant Stall in the Church Car Park
Entry & Plant Sale Proceeds to Talaton Church

Teas available in the Parish Hall with proceeds to Hall

Sorry, No Dogs other than Assistance Dogs

The Gardens
The provisional list of gardens opening in 2024 is:-

1 - The Forge House
It is thought that the garden was originally a paddock belonging to the village blacksmith. When the current owners purchased it in 2008 it was a “wild “ garden and with a large totally neglected pond which was filled in with 17 tons of soil. A patio was built and many hours were spent reclaiming large parts of the boundary as it had become something out of sleeping beauty with impenetrable brambles and fallen trees. Borders have been created which are relatively easy to maintain as the owners are not gardeners but like to sit and look at a nice garden.
2 - The Old Post Office
The present owners have been here for just over 2 years and have filled it with flowers and small shrubs, relying on containers due to the challenging layout. This lovely small garden is designed to be seen from the lane.
3 - Stoney Court
Stoney Court dates back to 1460 when the gardens were almost certainly used primarily for edible produce and medicinal herbs.

Previous owners of the house and garden have added a small pond with water lilies, irises, and a deep red Acer.

To the right of the main garden is a small orchard with apple trees, a pear, damson, victoria plum, cherry, figs, grape vine and walnut tree. The back of the house is adorned by a beautiful wisteria which having been damaged last year is making a comeback this season.

The greenhouses this year contain a mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies and interesting culinary herbs.

The front garden in early spring is a riot of colour with tulips, spring bulbs and bluebells. In early summer this gives way to small trees, shrubs and grasses which give an interesting variety of height, colour and texture.
4 - Russet House
This 3/4 acre garden has been completely transformed by the new owners since they took over in May 2019. This included the removal of 1,300 tonnes of soil, concrete and stone. This was mostly to allow construction of the new entrance. Work on the back garden involved the replacement of the grass that comprised the majority of the area with ornamental planting, a pond, a greenhouse with attached potting shed and a productive vegetable and soft fruit area which includes 4 raised beds.

Latterly work has concentrated on the front with significant new planting of trees, shrubs and perennials. There is also a wildflower area and an orchard comprising 76 fruit trees. This includes 50 different varieties of apple with 11 being Devon varieties. In addition there are 15 recently grafted Devon apples in pots that wil be planted out within the next year. There are also beehives in this area.

Early in 2023 a wildlife pond was added to the wild area at the end the orchard. This area also includes a large bug hotel, wild flowers and rustic seating.

The garden benefits from extensive views that extend as far as Dartmoor on a clear day.

The garden opened as an NGS garden in 2022 and 2023 and will probably do so again in 2025. More information at www.russethouse.uk
5 - Talaton Cottage
This is a beautiful mature wildlife garden, tranquil and relaxing with borders full of wildflowers, shrubs, perennials and bulbs created with pollinators in mind. There is a pond fed by a rill, a secluded summerhouse, greenhouse, fruit area and fruit trees alongside some vegetables all within a network of grass paths leading you on a journey through this delightful garden.

6 - The Cobblers
Re-developed gardens front and back. The front boasts a central wildlife pond. Planting chosen to be scented, colourful, bee friendly and low maintenance. Wild meadow area in progress at the back, where you will find a steel family tree amongst the apple trees and an enticing little bridge to a borrowed landscape.
7 - Moor Cottage
Move easily in and out of the hidden gems of this long, narrow ancient garden bordered by the historic sunken Rosemary Lane. Wander from the patio area with its potted plants, herbs and old Myrtle bush to find the Azalia bed, hopefully enjoying the shade of the mature Mulberry tree. Enjoy the open gazebo if you wish then wander under the rose arches to find the secluded wild-life pond area. Keep going, under the Honeysuckle and Clematis arch to move through the dark, Oak canopied work area (saws available !) with its mature Rhododendron and narrow (take care) steps down into the old Rosemary Lane. Now, out into the light to find the open paddock with its raised vegetable beds, mature Birch and Chestnut, Ash and Oak AND a small bog garden in the far corner. Maybe peep into the small apiary but watch for huge variety of birds then return to see it all again from a different angle.
8 - Applegarth
Totally revamped in 2016; this wrap-around garden comprises a vegetable patch, flower borders and places to relax.
9 - The Bridge
A new addition for 2024. In the past two years the owners have worked hard to develop the garden from the wild state that they found it and in doing so have found interesting links with its past.

By introducing many different habitats, such as a large and lovely pond; areas of long grass and underplanting the controlled bramble hedges with local wild plants they have increased the biodiversity, with a minimum of 350 species of wild flora and fauna recorded to date.

The garden slopes away from the house with formal beds and lawn at the top. On the next level there is the pond and a productive vegetable patch. Yet further down the garden the owners are developing an orchard and wild flower areas. The furthest most section of the garden is a wooded area, and this is the biggest ongoing project and which will not be available to view in 2024.

In future years some of their discoveries may be on view, including a second hidden pond and a woodland walk.
10 - 2 Ivy Cottages (Sunday only)
A new addition for 2024 this is a cottage garden with a range of herbaceous plants and shrubs with annuals used to fill the gaps. There is a large productive vegetable patch and 2 greenhouses. There are ponds in both the front and rear gardens. The owners are keen to encourage wildlife and wildflowers such as ragged robin, yellow rattle and many others are encouraged. Access to the rear garden is via the footpath to the left of the cottages.
11 - Rydon House
A country house garden with extensive views both to Dartmoor and east to Hembury Fort. Within the garden are large trees, lawns, shrubs, roses, clematis, rhododendrons, a wildlife pond and poultry. A walled garden with borders, lawns, soft fruit and a variety of vegetables. A lower garden with more fruit and poultry run.
12 - Keepers Cottage
A cottage garden, down a No Through Road, with stream, an ' infinity lawn', a small orchard, clematis, herbaceous plants and home grown vegetables mingle together in a rural location.

Plant stall with proceeds to Talaton Church

Garden plant supports for sale.
Location of the Gardens
The gardens can be visited in any order so please vary the following route to avoid garden overcrowding. Eg start at garden 5 or follow the route in reverse order.

To give an indication of the distances involved then garden numbers 1 to 3 are all within 100 yards of the Church car park and 4 a further 100 yards. The time to walk from the car park to garden number 4 is about 4 minutes and the time to walk from the car park to garden number 9 is 13 minutes .

The entrance to garden number 1 is within the Church car park. Return to the car park then leave taking the right fork in the road. Garden 2 is just a few yards up the hill on the right. Continue up the hill to the main street and turn right. Garden 3 is a few yards along on the left hand side. Garden 4 is a little further along the road also on the left hand side.

Return along the main street passing the pub and following the road round to the right. Garden 5 is about 300 yards along the road taking the track to the right of the Parish Hall.

Return to the road and take the road opposite the Hall. Gardens 6 and 7 are at the end of this road.

Gardens 8, 9, 10, and 11 are all walkable but driving might be the better option. You will need to drive to get to garden 12. See map above