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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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Posted by on in Gardeners Blog
bindweed- the last resort On the South border of the plat at this time of year there should be a marvellous display of Filipendula and Monarda. And there was.... until the bindweed took over. We have been battling with this patch for years. We have grown the bindweed up canes and treated it with herbicides. We have continually pulled the bindweed to try and weaken it. But last week it was the bindweed that broke the camels back. The bed was riddled and all the plants were suffering so we took drastic action. All of the plants have been dug out. Roots have been thouroughly...
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