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Burrow Farm Gardens

One of our absolutely favourite gardens to visit is Burrow Farm Gardens, and not only because it’s a mere 5.35 miles away from the Sitting Spiritually Garden and has an Affinity Accoya Swing Seat just near the tea room, but also because it is the realisation of one woman’s dream.

John and Mary Benger have lived at Burrow Farm Gardens (originally just Burrow Farm) since 1959. Originally a traditional working farm with a dairy herd, Mary had other plans for its future. With a herd of cows to feed every bit of field was invaluable and Mary therefore had to start her garden in the old roman clay pit which was covered in brambles and seemingly no use to anyone. John remained a dairy farmer up until 1983 however Mary had been stealing bits of the field to turn into garden for several years previously.

There is a fascinating timeline of how this wonderful thirteen acre garden was created from scratch in 55 years.

East Devon’s Secret Garden is open from 1st April to the 31st October.  The beautifully landscaped gardens, feature superb views of the surrounding countryside which provide a fitting backdrop to the spacious lawns, lush borders and unusual shrubs and trees. Whether you are a keen gardener or pausing on your journey to the South West, you will find a peaceful oasis with extensive rural views.

And if you are lucky enough to be staying in the area for a few days (see our accommodation suggestions below) they also put on seasonal events. 

Coming up soon is their ever popular Summer Plant Fair  on 20th June 2021 starting at 11am – their annual summer plant fair is in aid of the Devon Hardy Plants Society. Up to 12 selected nurseries from throughout the South West of England bringing their best plants for summer to sell! £1 entrance to plant fair which is taken off your entrance to the garden if you do go around the garden as well.

And also on  22nd July – The Tempest – Open Air Shakespeare. Folksy Theatre return with this Shakespeare classic, Gates open at 6pm with the show starting at 7pm. Folksy’s wonderful outdoor production is filled with live music, colourful characters, enchantment and a little touch of magic. Bring along your picnics and folding chairs to enjoy this wonderful tale!

Tickets are on sale now via this link – The Tempest – Burrow Farm Gardens ( 

And lastly, for everyone who is as nutty about plants as we are, they have the most fabulous plant nursery.The Nursery sells many of the special plants that are featured within the garden. The friendly staff are always delighted to help you and Mary is often around to provide extensive knowledge to help you choose just the right plant.

Oh, and we must mention the Tea Room! Delicious Devon cream teas featuring homemade scones, locally made cakes and homemade soup complement our range of freshly made sandwiches. Coffee, snacks and light lunches are available from 10am – 5pm.

We really hope you can visit Burrow Farm and if you do, please do make an appointment to visit the Sitting Spiritually Garden at the same time, where you can try out our garden swing seats and swinging day bed for yourself in the Jarman Murphy designed show garden.

Burrow Farm Gardens

East Devon
EX13 7ET
01404 831285

And if you’re looking for somewhere to rest your head for the night, we are happy to make these suggestions:

  • Lympstone Manor, EX8 3NZ
    01395 202040
  • The Pig at Combe, EX14 3AD
    01404 540 400
  • Dower House, DT7 3RB
    01297 210 47
  • Hotel Alexandra, DT7 3HZ
    01297 442 010
  • Seaside Boarding House, DT6 4RB
    01308 897 205

Posted by Siobhan on May 26th 2021

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