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2e1ax Default Frontpage 19.9.13 Aster If you would like a good laugh at my expense then follow the link below to watch the Somerset edition of a BBC programme called 'A taste of Britain'. It's a lovely piece about Hestercombe but hilariously I drift between my posh TV voice back to my ordinary Kentish accent- just like a scene from my fair lady! http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04j32tp/a-taste-of-britain-14-somerset...
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Posted by on in Gardeners Blog
beautiful...! The gardens are looking stunning in the September sunlight.   The Gladioli are still looking great and I dont know what we have done to the Cannas this year but they are ENORMOUS!  The Asters are only just coming out so there is plenty to see. Come and make the most of the good weather.       ...
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2nd Exhibition at the Hestercombe Gallery This is the last week you can see 'Leaping the Fence' featuring many world famous artists including Mark Wallinger and Tracey Emin. But fear not! On 14th October we re-open with the Tania Kovats show 'Oceans', a wonderful collection of drawing, sculpture and multi-media. Here's a great review from it's last outing in Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery: The Scotsman online.  The exhibition nicely ties into landscape and water - something that we here in Somerset know lots about! It's FREE for members to visit and all included on one day entry ticket to Hestercombe.  Don't forget to visit the Column Room while you're...
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Posted by on in History Blog
A blast from the past - Hestercombe House   I thought you might appreciate this photo of Hestercombe House taken in 1953, just as the Somerset Fire Brigade (est. 1948) was about to move in and make it their headquarters. Somerset County Council leased Hestercombe House for £500 per year in September and would eventually (1977) purchase the House and adjoining 11 acres of land, including the Formal Garden, for the grand sum of £50,000. (The first phase of the restoration of the Formal Garden took place with County Council approval [Fire and Civil Protection Committee] 1973-77.) The Fire Service remained in Hestercombe House until 2006, having vacated the...
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Posted by on in What's Happening at Hestercombe
Do you remember sunflower planting back at Easter? Well here's a picture of Henri & Edwin whos sunflowers have grown really well!  Some real life young gardeners! Well done to both of them! If you've got any pictures do share them with us, either by email or on our facebook page. And to give you an idea of just how big your sunflower COULD grow... here's Helen from our plant centre with her giant that sprouted well in her allotment!  ...
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