Burrow Farm History


Mary and John moved to Burrow Farm in 1959. John built up a dairy herd while Mary started making a garden with the help of her four young children. The old roman clay pit (now The Woodland Garden) was deemed unsuitable for farming and Mary therefore started to clear the brambles to create the first part of what is now a 13 acre garden. There is a timeline of how this wonderful thirteen acre garden was created from scratch in 55 years.

About The Owners


John and Mary Benger have lived at Burrow Farm Gardens (originally just Burrow Farm) since 1959. Originally a traditional working farm with a dairy herd, Mary had other plans for its future. With a herd of cows to feed every bit of field was invaluable and Mary therefore had to start her garden in the old roman clay pit which was covered in brambles and seemingly no use to anyone. John remained a dairy farmer up until 1983 however Mary had been stealing bits of the field to turn into garden for several years previously.

Why You Should Visit


East Devon’s Secret Garden is open from 1st April to the 31st October These beautifully landscaped gardens, extending to thirteen acres, feature superb views of the surrounding countryside which provide a fitting backdrop to the spacious lawns, lush borders and unusual shrubs and trees. Whether you are a keen gardener or pausing on your journey to the South West, you will find a peaceful oasis with extensive rural views.

Season Tickets

Season tickets are available for £32 per person for a season (1st April – 31st October). This allows you to visit East Devons Secret Garden throughout the season for a one off price. From the first bulbs in the spring to the stunning Autumn colour in October you won’t miss a thing with a season Ticket at Burrow Farm Gardens. Tickets are for sale at the gardens or by post as the perfect gift for a garden loving friend.

Gardens Information

Entrance to garden: Adult £11.50

Children £2

Season Ticket £32

Dogs on leads welcome. Wheelchair access to parts of the garden, tea room, shop and nursery. Discount available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more For more information, news, pictures and offers like our facebook page

Our Opening Times

East Devon’s Secret Garden open from 1st April – 31st October 10am – 6pm.

Tea Room last orders 4.30pm

Shop and Nursery close at 5pm