FRIENDS have celebrated 80 years of Torquay's 'secret garden'.
The Friends Group of Tessier Gardens in St Marychurch were joined by Cllr Julien Parrott, chairman of Torbay Council, to unveil a commemorative plaque.
Cllr Parrott said: "Tessier Gardens, which were so kindly entrusted to the local council 80 years ago, are a real gem.
"I remember, as a young boy growing up in Torquay, my mother used to love to spend time in Tessier Gardens.
"When I first brought my wife Sue to Torquay, more than 20 years ago, it was one of the first places I showed to her, and it remains one of our favourites."
London jeweller Mr Herbert Tessier relocated with his wife to Babbacombe in 1903. He purchased three acres of land adjacent to their property to ensure their privacy and they set about establishing the beautiful Tessier Gardens.
It was generously donated to the local council by Mrs Amy Tessier in October, 1933, as a place of rest and quiet.
Sally Lean, chairman of Tessier Gardens Friends Group, said: "New members of the friends group are always welcome, particularly during the 80th anniversary which we plan to celebrate with a programme of events."
The plaque has been mounted on the remains of the horse chestnut tree that had to be felled in recent years.
The group also plans to create a sculpture from the remains of the tree.
Sally said: "We would love to hear about people's memories about the garden or to share any photographs they may have."