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Enjoy sights of historic village on tour of open gardens

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: May 24, 2012

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Residents of Mells are inviting people into their village for the fourth annual Open Gardens on Saturday, June 9, when 12 plots will welcome visitors.

The gardens will be on view from 11am to 6pm, giving plenty of time for strolling round the historic village, taking in the gardens en route with pit stops at the Tithe Barn and Mells Cafe.

The bell ringers of St Andrew's Church will be ringing a quarter peal at 3pm and green-fingered visitors will have the choice of buying hardy perennials and shrubs from NW Plants.

The dozen gardens have something to inspire everyone, from historic Mells Manor North Court with stonework by renowned Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, to the old orchard of Selwood House which is now in the process of restoration as a vegetable and flower garden.

The event is organised in aid of community-run Mells Village Shop, which will also be open on the day.

A combined ticket with a map for £5 is available in advance and on the day from the shop, at Woodlands End. Accompanied children under 16 enter free.

For more information call June Costelloe on 01373 812199.

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