In conversation with… Helen Sear

In conversation with… Helen Sear

As our new exhibition by internationally artist Helen Sear opens we speak to her about her work: Where did you begin your career as an artist and how has this developed? I studied Fine Art at Reading University and later at University College London’s Slade School and...
3 plastic free gardening tips to try today

3 plastic free gardening tips to try today

As horticulturalists, plastic has historically been a huge part of our gardening efforts. Just think of all the seed trays, plant pots and plastic watering cans we get through, even in a small garden! Unfortunately, these items can take hundreds of years to break...
In conversation with… John Newling

In conversation with… John Newling

As our current exhibition Cultivation: Points of Vantage comes to an end, we ask John Newling about his work and what interests him about Hestercombe. Where do you create your work and what’s your inspiration? I create my work in Nottingham, and I’m inspired by human...
Get your garden summer ready…

Get your garden summer ready…

This week we’re celebrating National Gardening Week. Of course we think there are plenty of good reasons to get out in the garden, but in case you need a little bit of inspiration, we’ve put together some tips on what to do to ready your garden for some brilliant...
Schoolchildren help replant Hestercombe tree avenue

Schoolchildren help replant Hestercombe tree avenue

Schoolchildren from Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School got their hands dirty by helping to replant an avenue of trees along Hestercombe’s former Portman Driveway. The 60 crab apple trees, of the Malus hupehensis variety, flower with a mass of pink and white blossom in...
Memories of a much-loved Aunt

Memories of a much-loved Aunt

By Rosemary Pease née Portman The wonderful thing about Hestercombe is that so many people love the place… the spirit of those beautiful gardens and the feeling (that I’ve often picked up when talking to visitors and to the wonderfully enthusiastic staff) that part of...