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Secret Gardens of Somerset: a Private Tour

Secret Gardens of Somerset: a Private Tour

Hestercombe Gardens is delighted to be featured in a new international specialist gardens book. Secret Gardens of Somerset offers a personal tour of 20 of the UK’s most beguiling gardens in this much-loved area of southern England, defined by its distinctive...
Summer in the Wildflower Meadow

Summer in the Wildflower Meadow

By Claire Greenslade “It has been such an extraordinary year in so many ways, even weather wise – spring was so hot that half the plants in the Wildflower Meadow germinated quickly, flowered and went to seed in a flash, and the whole site looked a bit...
An increase of Goldfinches at Hestercombe

An increase of Goldfinches at Hestercombe

Some good news from the gardens: our gardeners Ben and Claire have been noticing that there are many more goldfinches at Hestercombe than usual. And rather incredibly for this people-shy species, one is even nesting in a standard rose on the Victorian Terrace! If you...
Why gardening is the best form of mindfulness

Why gardening is the best form of mindfulness

Written by Trina Davis for hestercombe.com Mindfulness appears to be all the rage these days — and for good reason. University of Oxford professor Willem Kuyken shares that this practice is about developing a greater sense of awareness that ultimately teaches one to...