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Open Wed–Sun (closed 25 Dec). Please see website for opening times, tickets and late summer opening.

HESTERCOMBE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton
TA2 8LG

4 miles north of Taunton.

50 acres

Tel
01823 413923

Visit website

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - Nov–Mar.

Facilities

  • access
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Children's playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Water garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Philip White MBE

Designed By
Gertrude Jekyll

Hestercombe Gardens is temporarily closed to visitors until further notice.


Hestercombe's famously restored gardens span three centuries of garden design. Edwin Lutyen’s hallmarks are everywhere: iris-choked rills, pergolas, seats, relieved staircases and pools where reflections twinkle on recessed apses. Gertrude Jekyll’s planting is bold and simple, which adds vigour. The combination of Lutyen's design and Jekyll’s plants is extremely photogenic: Hestercombe is a highly rewarding garden to learn about symmetry, balance and proportion.

The secret landscape garden, which Coplestone Warre Bampfylde laid out in the late 18th century, is a fair match for the Edwardian area: 40 acres (16.1ha) of lakes, temples, combes and woodlands that have not been seen for more than 100 years.

Add to this arcadia, the centrepiece of Hestercombe House and you will see a reunited estate. Open to the public for the first time in more than 200 years, Hestercombe House now contains a contemporary art gallery, a second-hand bookshop and an exquisite restaurant serving lunches and afternoon tea overlooking the splendid Edwardian Formal Gardens.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Asters
  • Bluebells
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Delphiniums
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Hellebores
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Sweet peas
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.