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Jon & Jade were married at Hestercombe last summer and have shared this wonderful blog: whimsicalweddings.com Their style was natural, home-made and looked simply stunning. A beautiful combination of skillful craft (they did all the flower arrangements themselves!) with summer woodlands, the photographs look gorgeous.  Wooden chairs in the Orangery tied with white blossoms.     The couple enjoying a walk through the landscapes as the light begins to fade....
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Some lovely events happening at Hestercombe from now until the end of July. All tailored in the special Hestercombe way! They range from sunflower planting to workshops on dry stone walling and charcoal burning, tours with the head gardener  and even rescuing ducks from the 18th century lake (plastic, in aid of the RSPCA!) Info below. Don’t forget the press launch of the exciting new contemporary art gallery in Hestercombe House, right in the heart of the gardens, on Thursday May 22nd. – it opens to the public on the weekend of May 24th.   Spring Trails - Throughout April   Discover more about the gardens...
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This is a small but beautiful new discovery for me. Growing like a golden mat just below the Chinese bridge is this- golden saxifrage or Chrysosplenium oppositifolium. It thrives in damp conditions so it has certainly had the correct growing conditions this year. This little native plant is beautiful glistening in the sunshine and flowers normally between April and June, but like everything else it is a bit early....
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  A big, big congratulations to Luke Hampton, former gardener and miller who got married this month to his long (long, long ,long term girlfriend- it took him 13 years to propose!!!!!) Angela Belcher. We wish them  the love, luck and happiness for their new lives together.  ...
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We were delighted to learn last month that the Somerset Gardens Trust has generously donated £1,000 towards the cost of restoring and conserving the rotunda in Hestercombe’s fantastic formal garden. Designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and built between 1904 and 1908 after he and Gertrude Jekyll were commissioned to create the formal garden at Hestercombe, the rotunda was built to link the garden’s different paths and had, at its centre, a beautiful reflecting pool (which you can see to the right in a 1908 edition of Country Life magazine). The pool has inflow and outflow pipes that are supposed to help...
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