An Elizabethan walled garden authentically restored to capture the spirit of its 16th century origins will fill with the sound of music this evening (Saturday) when it hosts a combined fundraising event for charities close to its owner’s heart.
Heulwen Davies and her family have lovingly recreated the garden at Norchard House, near Manorbier, over a 15-year-period.
On Saturday evening (July 5th) they will welcome visitors to view the garden and enjoy musical interludes to raise money for the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real-hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment, and the National Garden Scheme (NGS).
Heulwen is passionate about gardening but her enthusiasm to support the NGS was for reasons beyond this.
“I happened to pick up an NGS pamphlet and I saw that it supported a range of caring charities. There were four listed – Marie Curie, Macmillan, Help the Hospices and Crossroads,’’ she recalled.
Three of these had supported her family when her mother was dying of cancer. Heulwen described this as “an extraordinary act of kindness’’.
“When I read the pamphlet I couldn’t have had a clearer message that it was time for me to give something back so I picked up the phone and rang our local NGS organisers to see if there was interest in adding Norchard to open gardens network.’’ They of course jumped at the chance. A central feature of the series of gardens is a classic Elizabethan parterre that Heulwen personally discovered by water divining.
“It transpired that this parterre, which adjoins the south side of the house, was built around 1600 by the Marychurch family who had resided at Norchard for many centuries,’’ she said.
Planting was selected to capture the spirit of the period and visitors on Saturday will enjoy an abundance of scented roses, honeysuckles, lavenders, columbines, box hedges and yew.
The gardens will be open from 5-8pm with entry tickets costing £12 with free admission for children. The ticket will include a complimentary glass of wine and canapes. Music will be provided by soloist, Jess Hughes, and guitarist, Joe Lewis. There will also be an exhibition of art, painted at Norchard, by the Saundersfoot Watercolourists, and also a licensed bar.