U3A Gardening group Wed 1st Aug 2018
Musselbrook Garden, Sheepwash
On this kind-weather day 22 of us met at the friendly Half Moon Inn, The Square, Sheepwash, Devon at 12.30 to enjoy our pre-ordered lunches and catch up with friends.
Only a short distance away, we drove on to the Musselbrook cottage garden, also in Sheepwash where we were met by owner Richard Conard who settled us into his restricted parking area, then gave us an interesting talk about the garden. He then accompanied us round this special one acre garden to tell us about so many different plants, shrubs, trees and features, and to answer our questions.
This sloping garden is laid out with many paths leading to and around this wildlife-friendly, plantsman’s garden with two narrow tumbling streams with the water running into many ponds with water plants including pretty lilies and three of them with fish which Richard fed so we could see them.
There’s a Japanese garden, Mediterranean garden, a wildflower meadow and so much more. Everywhere one looks are beautiful colours (flowers and leaves) and shapes.
At the top of the garden is a studio/tearoom where we were treated to drinks, cakes and biscuits. There are plenty of seats around so we could sit and enjoy the views, refreshments and company.