THERE is lots of magic about the Archway. But the back garden was definitely not magical when Simon took over as owner in January. It was a tangled and dejected mass of weeds around a huge pile of rotting debris.
It took 15 one-tonne sacks just to remove the rotting remains to the tip for recycling. Then our head gardener (only gardener comes to that) , Barrie Hedges, set about turning it into a Secret Garden where bookshop visitors can sit and think (with or without a book). And if you want to bring a take-away coffee, that’s fine too.
The garden has been created at virtually nil cost. Its central bed was made from two redundant pallets kindly donated by our friends at the Colyton
Garden Shop. The pots were freebies, and the new plants have mostly been grown from seed. Others are originals that have reinvented themselves given a bit of daylight. And then there’s the birds — they love being fed again!
It’s not intended to be a stylish garden — just a quiet little corner that adds a bit of value to those who love and support the Archway. (You won’t get a garden to sit in if you buy your books from Amazon! ?)