There's been a flurry of activity in the Garden's Shop recently with all the extra visitors brought out by the sunshine. So to keep up with demand we have ordered some brand new products... From animal themed aprons to games in a box and of course the wide variety of plants that is refreshed each week, there's a perfect gift or treat for everyone.
See more of Helen's plants here: hestercombe/plantcentre
The bluebell walks around Gotton are now open! The little specks of blue are rather late appearing this year but landscape supervisor Ben Knight has been busy putting out the signs today. So pop along to the Ticket Office for directions and a map and make your way through the dappled sunshine to the bluebell trails.
Throughout May we are celebrating these amazing little plants. Visit the garden next to the big gates of the courtyard, which will be open for you to explore. See some of the herbs we grow and use in the cafe, and read a bit about them. Kevin and his team have prepared a selection of different herb specials for the ever-changing menu, and Helen in the Plant Centre has some rather good offers on herbs.
But as well as all that - asparagus is in!! Today there were several gardens visitors enjoying a lovely cod dish served with asparagus spears.
Check out Kev's blog for more info: hestercombe.com/blog
On Monday 6th May - the next bank holiday - Kevin & his team are putting on a special lunchtime barbeque. Our first load of charcoal will be fresh from the kiln and cooling down until it's ready to be bagged and sold in the Hestercombe Shop so what better way to launch BBQ season?! Plus with an extra long weekend everyone has a chance to relax. There will be a selection of sizzling meats and scrumptious salads on offer - something for everyone.
Yesterday's Independent contained a lovely summary of Hestercombe Gardens in it's 'Top 10 Best Gardens To Visit'. We are very pleased to be featured in such a revered newspaper and look forward to seeing many more visitors this summer!
Read the whole article online here
Claire's been busy on our website - have you seen the blog section on the menu bar? Regular updates on gardening and gardening gossip - Jess, our student gardener from Harper Adams, turned 21 last week so there was a big party in the mess room! (Or so I'm led to believe..)
Claire posts most weeks, sometimes several times, so if you can't visit us yourself, it's a great way to keep updated. Gardener's Blog
All our Summer Events are now up on the events section of the website. There's something for everyone - whether it's educational (charcoal burning or our stone walling course) or entertainment (our Summer Fete will be full of fun and games plus Folksy Theatre are back in August). Check out each listing here: Hestercombe Events
We've got some egg-straordinary events going on over Easter. Easter bunny trails around the garden, egg decorating and rolling and some very special visitors on the Orangery Lawn! Meet the chickens over the Easter weekend. Moorland Poultry are bringing some of their prize hens along to meet our Easter visitors.
Find out more on the Events page.
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We are a small but enthusiastic team looking for friendly, motivated people to join us to take Hestercombe into its next chapter.
Fun but hardworking, we're a diverse business, from weddings & conferences to an inspiring visitor attraction. Our aim is to create a place that people will love and want to visit over and over. We're looking for people who work well in a busy team environment whilst maintaining excellent customer service standards, always willing to go that extra mile to deliver a truly personal customer experience.
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We are pleased to announce that Sweet Cicely are now supplying the Hestercombe Shop with beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers - all locally produced and gathered. There will be new deliveries every Friday, so pop in over the weekend to grab a treat for that special person!