Lukesland Gardens and Avenue Cottage are within a short drive of each other and this visit is to view two wonderful Spring gardens. DGT members visited Lukesland in October 2013 to view the autumnal colours, so this visit is intended to show the gardens as they emerge from a very wet Winter.
Lukesland Gardens (see left)
Twenty four acres of woodland gardens, famed for its spring flowering shrubs offering beautiful colour with many magnificent trees, a pinetum and a wealth of wild flowers. It is in the beautiful setting of a small valley with a brook cascading from its source on Dartmoor through ponds and over waterfalls towards the River Erme. The tour will start promptly at 10.30a.m.
By kind permission of Mrs Laura Howell and Mrs Rosemary Howell. Follow Lukesland on Facebook.
Avenue Cottage (see left)
This is a large informal woodland garden with a good collection of Rhododendron and deciduous Azaleas with many unusual trees and shrubs. It is situated at the head of a valley running down to the River Dart and was once part of the Sharpham estate. The tour will start promptly at 2.30p.m.
PLEASE NOTE. Parts of the garden are steep and can be slippery. Appropriate footwear is recommended. The garden is not suitable for disabled visitors.
By kind permission of Mr Richard Pitts and Mr David Sykes.
DGT members £14.00 (non-members £16.00) to include refreshments at both gardens*. Visitors may bring a picnic, or lunches may be purchased at the Durant Arms in Ashprington (reservations may be required). Booking essential (before 12th May please)**. Contact Maggie Potter (t. 01626 879806; e. firstname.lastname@example.org), or download a form here.
* Lukesland Gardens ONLY - DGT members £8.00 (non-members £9.00);
* Avenue Cottage ONLY - DGT members £6.00 (non-members £8.00, but because of the limited number**, preference will be given to DGT members).
** The number of visitors at Avenue Cottage is limited to 25, so early booking is advised.