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On Wednesday evening last week Philip, Oliver, Stephanie and I joined the Somerset Gardens Trust on a visit to Holt Farm near Blagdon where they make the Yeo Valley organic yoghurt and milk.

www.yeovalley.co.uk

We were lucky enough to have one of those perfect sunny September evenings.

We had a brilliant guided tour of the gardens followed by amazing food in their restaurant, sat with the most inspiring company. All in all a fun, memorable evening.

The whole garden, veg and flower, is certified organic which must create a whole world of different problems to overcome such as finding organically grown flower seed, plants, compost and a pile of paperwork!

The garden is split into several compartments/rooms. There is a small vegetable garden..

I loved this metal arch structure to grow the beans over.

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Steph had great fun running around the paths within this giant grass meadow. The meadow is planted with a giant Calamagrostis and Stipa gigantea both of which grow taller than me so that as you walk around the paths you feel like you are in Gullivers travels!

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There was a very dramatic area with all these beautiful birch trees which they had just underplanted with ferns but which also had blue anemones in the spring.

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I loved their gravel garden and I imagine that we were there at exactly the right time to see it in all its glory. Such lovely colours and loose planting.

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The whole garden was small but had a bit of everything in it and lost of quirks and character everywhere. I loved in the playfulness of the whole site. It felt like a really easy, laid back and informal space to enjoy.

and you all know my love for gnomes.... well look at the gilt frame of their menu board in the cafe....

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so if you get the chance do go and visit- see their website for opening times.

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