Lights, camera action words that actor Martin Clunes is well used to in his day job.
For once at night in a sub tropical garden in Dorset it was Martin that was in charge of getting the lights to work.
He had been asked to turn on the lights at Abbotsbury Gardens, which illuminate the many exotic plants that are grown in this 200year old horticultural treasure.
Know as TV Doctor Doc Martin where in this drama series he prowls around the Cornish village of Portwenn better known as Port Isaac saving the locals from themselves and treating his charges to his vast medical knowledge and often their lives as he does so.
Not known in the ITV series for his horticultural prowess but nearer to his own home in Dorset his green fingers do come to the fore according to Martin.
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Lighting up the Enchanted Gardens for the opening night he said: “He was delighted to be asked again as the evening raises funds for hospice that he is a patron of the Weldmar Hospice.”
The gardens at Abbotsbury are located in a warm coastal pocket thus allowing many sub tropical plants to thrive in this almost maritime environment as the sea of Lyme Bay is just yards away and plays its part in keeping harsh frosts at bay.
This regular illumination of the gardens does extend the season for visitors and the gardens are open all year round and where sights vary according different seasons and a huge selection of different specimens can be glimpsed in the 20acre garden.
Palm trees and many other rare plants from Australia, South, Africa and the Far East can be seen thriving there.
The colonial café building is a favorite, nestling into the lush garden and provides a perfect place to stop for a warming drink after a 45 minute floodlit walk around the garden on a cool autumn evening.