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HESTERCOMBE GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton
TA2 8LG

4 miles north of Taunton.

50 acres (20ha)

Tel
01823 413923

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Admission

Non-member adult £12.50 (includes a voluntary donation to Hestercombe Gardens Trust).

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - October-March, daily; April-Sepember, Mon (except BH).

Facilities

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

Features

  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Hestercombe Gardens Trust

Designed By
Gertrude Jekyll

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
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

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