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14 May 2011 - Hestercombe Gardens

Hestercombe Gardens are situated on the southern slopes of the Quantock Hills with views across the Vale of Taunton to the Blackdown Hills.
The gardens span three centuries:
The Landscape garden was created in the 1750s by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde.
A Victorian Terrace and Shrubbery was added in the 1870s
The final phase is the Edwardian Garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll between 1904 and 1908.

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The grand cascade in the landscape garden.

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At the highest point in the gardens is this Tuscan Temple. Close up you wonder why it was put here. But see below to understand why.

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Looking down through the trees and across to the Blackdown Hills.

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It is now clear why the Temple was carefully positioned where it is. The view through the trees up the hill to the temple.

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This is the mausoleum.

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The Temple Arbour from the lake.

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The Orangery.

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The Dutch tunnels and gardens above.

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A close look at a white foxglove.

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One of the two water gardens on each side of the formal garden.

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This spout feeds the water garden to the left of the house. There is a similar spout with a female head feeding the water garden on the opposite side of the formal garden.

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The house and part of the formal gardens.

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The Pergola

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A wider view of the formal gardens and house.

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The Edwardian Garden Great Plat layout.

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Most of the stonework in the gardens were covered in this daisy like erigeron.