Botanical Gardens Shaldon

 Friends Of Homeyards Botanical Gardens Shaldon


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The Gardens

The Gardens belong to Teignbridge District Council and are open to the public free of charge 7 days a week . The location is above the main seaside village of Shaldon in Devon on a sloping hillside and enjoys stunning views of Teignmouth across the river, Lyme Bay and the East Devon and Dorset coastline to the north east. Features such as the castle folly , pond and rill garden, and the Italianate Garden along with the memorial garden to the Burma Star nurses and the “witches cave “ make the Gardens an interesting place to explore.

The on-site gardener keeps the Gardens in good shape and is a great friend of all the local dogs and their owners .The Gardens were awarded a Green Flag in 2019. The castle is available for hire (please note that the castle building is generally unmanned and access is by arrangement).

Friends of Homeyards

Friends of Homeyards Botanical Gardens in Shaldon is a group, now a registered charity (CIO), originally established in 1989 to promote the proper maintenance and advancement of The Gardens


The Gardens were created by Maria ‘Laetitia’ Kempe Homeyard in the late 1920’s and early 1930’s, and were built by Thomas Rider of Southwark, London and the designer William Sears. They were constructed on a steeply sloping patchwork of fields above the picturesque village of Shaldon.

Location and Accessibility

Homeyards is an extremely steeply sloping site. Four of the five pedestrian entrances incorporate steep steps. The pergola entrance at the eastern end of the gardens (Horse Lane) is the most accessible for prams and wheelchairs.

Torquay Rd



TQ14 0BD

Latest from the Blog

The committee of the Friends hopes to use the Blog to communicate with members of the Friends and others interested in the Gardens or in Shaldon generally.

The Blog will include information about Homeyards, our plans for development of the gardens, and the progress we are making. It will also pass on details of events and opportunities for you to get involved.

Communication is a two way street, and we hope that you will take advantage of the comments facility included with each post to let us know your thoughts, views and opinions about what we are doing, and of course any ideas of your own for the gardens.

End of year update

The leaves have fallen and the trees are yielding up the estuary and sea views from the gardens in the low sun. We held a well attended Autumn event for children in the gardens based around the castle at the end of October. James and Jess Hedge ran a very popular...

Balustrade damage

Balustrade damage

We are sad to report this damage to the Italianate balustrade near the Torquay Road allotment entrance. It happened in the last couple of weeks over at least 2 separate incidents. Police crime reference is CR/102166/21. If anyone has any information at all about this...

We’re Thriving!

We’re Thriving!

Our entry for 'Britain in Bloom' has been judged and we have been given a rating of 4 - Thriving. Well done to all the Friends and Volunteers who have helped us achieve this great result.

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