Hestercombe Gardens

I went out  with the walking group today. I use this word walk lightly as, unlike 22 years ago when we'd plan a walk of up to 15m, we now stroll for a couple of miles enjoying coffees, lunch and teas en route. We had a surprise planned by today's leader and as only 4 of us were able to make it, were delighted when we ended up at Hestercombe Gardens on the Quantock Hills in Somerset. What a beautiful place to meander around.  The weather was warm but there were so many follies and places to rest it did not cause too much concern. The formal garden is based on one by Gertrude Jekyll and Lutyens, originally done from 1904-1907.  We thought the planting rather unusual to say the least! They had Elephant's ears (Bergenia) edging all the borders - rather big border plants!  The wildflower meadows were a delight and we saw a variety of butterflies. 

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