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Secret gardens revealed on safari

By This is Devon  |  Posted: July 28, 2010

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IF YOU have ever wondered what secrets lay hidden behind Dartmouth's old stone walls, then Sunday is your opportunity to find out!

This year, as part of Dartmouth Lifeboat Week, a new event will be taking place — a Dartmouth, Stoke Fleming and Strete garden safari.

This is the first time a garden safari has taken place in the Dartmouth area.

All proceeds will go to Dartmouth RNLI.

An eclectic mix of 11 gardens will be opening their gates between 11am and 5pm on Sunday.

Stroll around five Dartmouth walled town gardens, all 'hidden gems' located in the Clarence Hill, Mount Boone and Fairview Road area, some with fabulous river views, others imaginatively planted and designed.

A short drive to Redlap takes 'explorers' to two coastal gardens, where stunning sea views, a cup of tea or coffee and the RNLI souvenir shop will be on offer.

Continue into Stoke Fleming's Baileys Meadow and Venn Lane, where three more exotic, colourful and creatively designed gardens are also opening.

Just a little further on to 'Tallis Rock' Strete — a Victorian former rectory and hotel, standing in over two acres of land, will be opening the garden for the first time in two decades.

There, refreshments will be served on the lawn overlooking Start Bay.

Entrance to all gardens is by map, £5 per person, available from Dartmouth Tourist Information Centre, Dartmouth Lifeboat Station at Coronation Park on the day or from individual gardens.

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