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.

Centenary Seat Celebration

Centenary Seat Celebration

The Friends held a small celebration on 7th September to mark the centenary of Mrs Homeyard starting work on the gardens and the creation of the magnificent new seat with ceramic stoneware decoration. A very big...

Ceramic Artwork Centenary  Seat

Ceramic Artwork Centenary Seat

In 2022 we celebrate 100 years since the gardens were created by Mrs Homeyard, this being marked by the creation of the ceramic decorated seat which is now installed on the castle terrace. Local artists...

July Update

July Update

  We hope you know about our castle openings on Tuesday and Friday mornings with our volunteers offering refreshments and a chance to see the lovely views and take in a bit of the history of the gardens. Our...

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