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Jul, 2018

prospect refuge hazard 2 by Helen Sear

Sat, 14th Jul to Sun, 28th Oct
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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This exhibition presents a new and recent body of work by internationally acclaimed artist Helen Sear, whose practice can be characterised by her exploration of the crossover between photography and fine art and her focus on the co-existence of the human, animal and natural worlds. Consisting of works made since 2015 it is her most ambitious exhibition in the UK to date. The Hestercombe Gallery is open every day 11 – 5pm  

Summer Family Trail: Gertrude’s Garden

Sat, 21st Jul to Fri, 17th Aug
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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Over 100 years ago, it was the task of plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll to fill Hestercombe’s Formal Garden with a dazzling display of plants, climbers and shrubs. Follow in her footsteps as you work your way around this summer trail by filling your trail sheet with the flowers you find. From lavender to irises and clematis to gladioli, you’ll discover plenty of plants to grow your own garden design with. Head back to Hestercombe House after completing the trail and visit…

Gertrude Jekyll: An Artist’s Eye

Sat, 21st Jul to Sun, 2nd Sep
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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Gertrude Jekyll
This year marks the 175th birthday of extraordinary garden designer Gertrude Jekyll. Her collaboration with renowned architect Edwin Lutyens here at Hestercombe, on his only garden commission, is arguably the greatest example of their work. Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was a multi-talented artist, craftswoman, writer, photographer, nurserywoman and garden designer. This eminent horticulturalist created more than 400 gardens across the UK, Europe and America. As an artist first and foremost, Jekyll worked in many mediums before turning her hand to gardening when…
Aug, 2018

Globetrotters Summer Family Trail

Sat, 18th Aug at 10:00 am to Sun, 2nd Sep at 6:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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Hestercombe Gardens Globetrotters Family Trail
Set sail on a voyage of discovery to distant lands with our Globetrotters family trail this summer. As you follow the trail, you will journey around the world, discovering the countries that inspired Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s design for the Landscape Garden over 200 years ago. The gardens will be looking exotic too, with fiery red cannas and peach gladioli giving the Great Plat a totally tropical vibe. Normal admission applies but the trail is free. Pick up a trail sheet…

Terrific Tuesday – Brilliant Bugs

Tue, 21st Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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The fourth Terrific Tuesday of the summer holidays is all about brilliant bugs. Seek out all the creepy crawlies you can find as you hunt for bugs on the lawn, led by the RSPB. Get up close to moths and butterflies with Somerset & Bristol Butterfly Conservation, who will be bringing live traps and specimen boxes to display. Get creative with lots of creepy-crawly crafts. Build your own bug hotel. Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open…

Terrific Tuesday – Wild Art

Tue, 28th Aug at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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Our final Terrific Tuesday of the summer has a wild art theme. Be inspired by the beautiful summertime gardens and create your own wild art to take home with you. Dye your own bunting using natural colour dyes from flowers and berries. Make a tree leaf garland. Create your own botanical fridge magnet using clay. Our Tea Shed by the Mill Pond will be open selling drinks and cakes and from midday and you can enjoy food from the BBQ…
Sep, 2018

Dragonfly Willow Weaving Workshop

Wed, 5th Sep at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT THERE ARE SPACES IN THE AFTERNOON SESSION – CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO BOOK Expert willow weaver Sarah Webb will guide you in creating a beautiful willow dragonfly for your garden. No willow weaving experience necessary.  Enjoy tea, coffee and homemade biscuits while you work in the charming Apple Loft. £35 per person – places are limited, so booking is recommended.     Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923.

Dragonfly Willow Weaving Workshop

Wed, 5th Sep at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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Expert willow weaver Sarah Webb will guide you in creating a beautiful willow dragonfly for your garden. No willow weaving experience necessary.  Enjoy tea, coffee and homemade biscuits while you work in the Woodland Barn. £35 per person – places are limited, so booking is recommended. Or call our Visitor Reception on 01823 413923

Cuttings Workshop

Thu, 6th Sep at 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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Join Head Gardener Claire Greenslade for a morning’s workshop. She’ll share her expert tips and you’ll take some cuttings from the Hestercombe gardens home with you. £22 per person + half price garden entry. Please bring secateurs and sturdy footwear.

Guided Mindfulness Walk

Sun, 9th Sep at 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Hestercombe Gardens,
Cheddon Fitzpaine
Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG United Kingdom
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Mindfulness Walk
THIS WALK IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. Connect with nature and relax into the moment when you join us for a mindful meander through the tranquil gardens, led by expert Miranda Bevis. The hour-long Mindfulness Walk will include a short introduction to mindfulness, a walk through the gardens and some gentle mindful movement techniques. Experience the late summer gardens with a fresh perspective, focusing on what you can see, smell, touch and hear. The walk is free to attend but places…