Open Gardens 2020

Enjoy some beautiful Open Gardens in aid of Hospiscare

Hospiscare’s much loved Open Gardens are back for 2020!

Why not stretch your legs, enjoy a change of scenery and make the most of the summer? These gorgeous gardens are all opening their gates in aid of Hospiscare. Entry to all the gardens is by donation on the gate.

In line with Government guidelines, all social distancing measures will be observed and one way systems may be in place, so that everyone can enjoy exploring these beautiful gardens safely.

If you feel inspired by these wonderful gardens, why not think about opening your garden in 2021? Whether you have luscious lawns or or a cosy town garden, herbaceous borders or a vegetable plot, we’d love to hear from you! Just email  or give us a ring on 01392 688020


The Old Rectory

Awliscombe Honiton, EX14 3PJ
29 & 30 August, Noon to 5.00 pm

Newly planted sensory garden within an older mature garden.  Mature trees, orchard and herbs, walk along a “fairy glade” stream to our sustainable embryonic agroforest (edible woodland) and see an experimental way of growing food.



White Cross Road, Woodbury Salterton, EX5 1EL    
31 August,  10.00 am-4.00 pm

Approximately 1/3 acre garden grown on organic principles, mature trees and shrubs planted with perennials for all season colour.  Small pond in back garden with wall covering plants,  including clematis, pyracantha, honeysuckle and jasmine.  There are also some beautiful raised beds.

Penrose House

Park Road, Crediton, EX17 3ET 
5 September,  2.00 pm – 5.00 pm 

Established town garden with mature trees and shrubs, climbing roses and clematis, herbaceous borders, containers, collection of sempervivum (Houseleek) and other greenhouse plants. There will also be a plant stall and take away cream tea available!


Briar House

93 Sweetbriar Lane, Exeter, EX1 3AW
5 September, 11.00 am-5.00 pm

Different areas to front and back garden, which include a sunken garden surrounded by shrubs, a  willow den and three small circular lawns.  There’s also a patio surrounded by Japanese effect shelving for potted flowers and herbs, where you can enjoy a cream tea.  Stained glass features around the garden.  Outside potting area. Gift and cake stalls.


St Leonards Gardens

Matford Road, Exeter, EX2: Numbers 16, 19, 20, 21, Endfield (25), 29 & Trenton.                         
6 September,  2.00 pm-4.30 pm 

6 varied neighbourhood gardens within walking distance of each other – maps will be available at each of the gardens. There will also be a cake and produce stall located on the bend of Matford Ave.


Orchard House

Deepdene Park, Exeter, EX2 4PH  
12 September, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Unfortunately the Orchard House Open Garden has now been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment caused. 

Large formal and informal garden – visit the chickens and enjoy the large variety of shrubs and flowers.  Featuring a new wild life friendly, No Dig lock down fruit and vegetable garden. Come along and enjoy perusing the cake, preserve and craft stalls.



Shute Road, Kilmington Axminster, EX13 7ST 
24  October 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm

The garden is set in 3 acres with majestic trees under planted in some areas with rhodendrons, camellia and hydrangeas.  A rose garden and pond near the house give pleasure for many months of the year.  There are natural springs and the bog garden with its pond has been extended and newly planted during 2018/2019.  There is an extensive collection of mature shrubs (some unusual) with new varieties added in recent years and many specimen trees.  Additional planting is selected with bees, butterflies etc. in mind and it is hoped that wild orchids can be encouraged to re-colonise an old tennis court.  Shrubberies, herbaceous borders, a small vegetable garden and orchard, and several wild areas complete the picture.


The need for Personal Protective Equipment during the Coronavirus pandemic has added an extra £1,800 a month to our costs. Your donation for visiting our beautiful selection of Open Gardens will help Hospiscare’s doctors and nurses to continue to support patients with a terminal illness in our community.

            From everyone at Hospiscare, thank you for your support!