Now in it’s 46th year with the National Garden Scheme, Andrews Corner opens for the first time this season on Sunday 23rd April, and on a further seven occasions through the year.
Andrews Corner is a well-established, wildlife-friendly, well-labelled garden, with a very wide range of unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants for year round effect – including a snowdrop collection, alpines, rhododendrons, bulbs, and maples which provide spectacular autumn colour.
Woodland plants, including erythroniums, arisaemas, ferns and many spring bulbs, are at their best in April and May – followed on by the beautiful blue Meconopsis and irises. Heathers, alpine beds, dry stone walls, herbaceous borders and gentians add to the mix and extend the season of interest through to the autumn.
Throughout the garden, different levels have been used to create smaller gardens, with their own particular features and micro climates, separated by trees and rhododendrons, while still allowing glimpses of the stunning Taw valley, northern slopes of Cosdon, and the granite-strewn tors of the Belstone Ridge.
Included within the garden are a kitchen garden, a pond, two greenhouses, willow structures and chickens. A range of wilder areas also provide habitat for grass snakes, slow worms, rabbits, deer and over forty bird species, among others.
Highly regarded, for many years, as a plantsman’s garden, this is also truly a garden for all ages – with quiz sheets, fairy doors and a children’s playhouse adding to the experience for younger visitors.
In 2016 the NGS donated a total of £2.7 million to charities – including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Queen’s Nursing Institute, Perennial, Horatio’s Garden, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society.