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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

Tel
01823 413923

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily (except 25 Dec), 10am–6pm, summer; 10am–5pm, winter. Please see website for late openings.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) – applies Oct–Mar.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • 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's famously restored gardens span three centuries of garden design. Sir 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 lay undiscovered 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 offers a fascinating contemporary art gallery, a second-hand bookshop and well-stocked gift shop. In the Visitor Centre, you'll find a small yet bountiful plant centre, and a recently refurbished restaurant and café serving tasty homemade brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. 

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Asters
  • Bluebells
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Hellebores
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • 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.