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2-for-1 gardens in Somerset

Find out which Somerset gardens are taking part in our 2-for-1 gardens-to-visit promotion.

Somerset, with its mild climate and magnificent countryside, is home to an array of beautiful gardens, each with its own unique character and charms. From grand estates to hidden gems, formal masterpieces to natural havens, elegant parterres to quirky sculptures, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Discover tranquil spring-fed pools at the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens and theatrical Georgian follies at Hestercombe Gardens. Take in the spectacular views from the terraces at Milton Lodge Gardens and admire a feast veg and fruit grown in harmony with nature at Yeo Valley Organic Garden. All offer beautiful walks to relax and inspire you, among wonderful plants and plentiful wildlife.

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Below we explore the delights of 10 glorious Somerset gardens in the Gardeners’ World 2-for-1 scheme.

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The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens

2-for-1 gardens - The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens
2-for-1 gardens – The Bishop’s Palace & Gardens

In the heart of Wells, right beside the cathedral and protected by moated ramparts, these gardens have been altered and enhanced by successive bishops over the past 800 years, a process of evolution that continues today. Grade II listed due to their historical importance, they are a place to relax, explore and enjoy nature, among beautiful borders, fragrant roses, majestic trees and the spring-fed pools and wells from which this small city gets its name. Comprising a series of interlinked gardens of various styles, they offer year-round colour and interest. The arboretum is home to a selection of beautiful trees, beneath which snowdrops, primroses, bluebells and orchids bloom in succession. The knot garden, whose design is inspired by the nearby oriel window, is given a modern twist by incorporating herbs and grasses. And the dahlia beds, of course, feature the famous ‘Bishop’ dahlia varieties.

  • Disabled access: full
  • Dogs: allowed on leads
  • Single visitor discount: yes
  • Refreshments: light and hot food

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Cothay Manor Gardens

2-for-1 gardens - Cothay Manor Gardens
2-for-1 gardens – Cothay Manor Gardens

Hidden away down narrow lanes in rural Somerset, about 10 miles from Taunton, these exquisite 12-acre gardens are well worth seeking out. Either side of a yew walk is a series of garden rooms, enclosed by hedges and filled with a romantic profusion of colour and fragrance. Their timeless charm complements the beautiful historic setting. Tulips, wisteria, clematis, roses and much more, as well as ponds, topiary, ferns, container displays, vistas and secluded corners, provide plenty to enjoy from spring to late summer. There is also a shady riverside walk and bog garden with azaleas and stepping stones.

  • Disabled access: partial
  • Dogs: not allowed
  • Single visitor discount: no
  • Refreshments: light

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East Lambrook Manor Gardens

2-for-1 gardens - East Lambrook Manor Gardens
2-for-1 gardens – East Lambrook Manor Gardens

These renowned and quintessential cottage gardens were created by the celebrated and ground-breaking plantswoman, writer and designer Margery Fish during the mid-20th century. In an ongoing process over the past 20 years, the gardens are gradually being brought back to life, reviving the spirit of the original by combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in an informal and charming profusion. Spring colour abounds, with snowdrops, hellebores and daffodils, leading into summer’s tapestry of enchanting hues and fragrances, with hardy geraniums, artemisia, bearded irises, fragrant pinks, euphorbias, roses and many other delights, set among mellow stone paths, lawns, trees and low hedges.

  • Disabled access: partial
  • Dogs: allowed on leads
  • Single visitor discount: yes
  • Refreshments: light

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Greencombe Gardens

2-for-1 gardens - Greencombe Gardens
2-for-1 gardens – Greencombe Gardens

On a sheltered hillside on the edge of Exmoor, with far-reaching views to Porlock Bay, this peaceful woodland garden offers meandering walks among an array of beautiful plants, nestled beneath mature oaks, sweet chestnuts and conifers. Colourful camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons and trilliums light up spring, while lush ferns unfurl in the dappled shade beside moss-edged paths. There’s a National Collection of spring-flowering dog’s-tooth violets (Erythronium), as well as the UK’s largest and oldest holly tree. Summer brings roses, clematis and hydrangeas, to name but a few. The garden is managed organically and filled with birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife.

  • Disabled access: partial
  • Dogs: not allowed
  • Single visitor discount: yes
  • Refreshments: light

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Hestercombe Gardens

2-for-1 gardens - Hestercombe Gardens
2-for-1 gardens – Hestercombe Gardens

A unique combination of contrasting styles, these outstanding, historic gardens comprise a celebrated Edwardian garden, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery, and an idyllic Georgian landscape. The formal Arts and Crafts garden, created by renowned designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Edwin Lutyens in the early 1900s, is a masterpiece of symmetry and proportion, with elegant use of colour. It features a rose garden, daisy steps and a sunken parterre with geometric borders, rills and pergola. The rolling landscape beyond, laid out 250 years ago, offers scenic lakeside walks, a grand cascade, woods and theatrical follies, including a witch house, gothic alcove and Tuscan temple arbour.

  • Disabled access: partial
  • Dogs: allowed on leads
  • Single visitor discount: yes
  • Refreshments: light and hot food

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Kilver Court Gardens

2-for-1 gardens - Kilver Court Gardens
2-for-1 gardens – Kilver Court Gardens

Originally created as a recreational area for lace-mill workers in the early 1900s, Kilver Court Gardens are tucked away behind huge stone textile mills and nestled in a curve of the grand Charlton Viaduct, on the outskirts of Shepton Mallet. It’s an impressive setting for 3.5 acres of formal and informal gardens that are full of interest all year round. The 100m-long herbaceous border flows through the colour spectrum, while the box-hedged parterre is filled with fragrant roses and alliums, providing a relaxing place to sit. There’s a shady fern-clad stumpery, a richly planted rockery with babbling stream and waterfall, and a tranquil lake with waterlilies, edged with an array of moisture-loving plants, including giant-leaved gunnera and lush tree ferns.

  • Disabled access: partial
  • Dogs: not allowed
  • Single visitor discount: yes
  • Refreshments: light and hot food

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Midney Gardens

2-for-1 gardens - Midney Gardens
2-for-1 gardens – Midney Gardens

On the site of a former quarry in rural south-west Somerset, Midney Gardens are full of charm, originality and serene beauty, blending informal, contemporary and natural elements. The various gardens each have their own style but flow harmoniously into the next, with many gorgeous plants and unusual features to discover along the way. Colours are woven together with skill, subtlety and daring. The seaside garden is a tapestry of grasses, flowers and gravel, while the vegetable garden is both ornamental and productive, combining veg, fruit, herbs and flowers. More natural areas include a woodland walk and pond, where wildlife abounds.

  • Disabled access: partial
  • Dogs: not allowed
  • Single visitor discount: no
  • Refreshments: light

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Milton Lodge Gardens

2-for-1 gardens - Milton Lodge Gardens
2-for-1 gardens – Milton Lodge Gardens

Set high in the Mendips, Milton Lodge Gardens comprise a series of formal terraces that make the most of the hillside location and its glorious views over Wells Cathedral and the Vale of Avalon. The terrace borders are richly planted with old-fashioned roses, perennials and shrubs, complemented by lawns and sheltering walls and hedges. Unusual plants include a loquat and an 80-year-old pineapple guava, while an idyllic stone-edged lily pond basks in a sunny corner surrounded by pots of fuchsias, fragrant lilies and blue agapanthus. Below the terraces is a peaceful eight-acre woodland garden to explore, with many impressive mature trees.

  • Disabled access: no
  • Dogs: not allowed
  • Single visitor discount: no
  • Refreshments: light

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The Walled Gardens of Cannington

2-for-1 gardens - The Walled Gardens of Cannington
2-for-1 gardens – The Walled Gardens of Cannington

Enclosed within sheltering walls, these gardens were redeveloped and reopened in 2009, and continue to evolve today. Providing a fertile learning environment for the college’s horticultural students, these diverse and inspirational gardens are also a beautiful and relaxing place to visit. The ornamental kitchen garden is a cornucopia of fruit, vegetables and companion planting, while the sub-tropical walk offers lush foliage, palms and vibrant flowers. Colour-themed areas include a hot border lit with fiery hues and a blue garden with cooling tones and a contemporary water feature. In the glasshouse, you can explore rare and endangered plants from warmer climes. Informal areas include a wildflower meadow, buzzing with pollinating insects, and a dry garden where drought-tolerant plants self-seed naturally among the gravel.

  • Disabled access: full
  • Dogs: allowed on leads
  • Single visitor discount: no
  • Refreshments: light and hot food

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Yeo Valley Organic Garden

2-for-1 gardens - Yeo Valley Organic Garden
2-for-1 gardens – Yeo Valley Organic Garden

Alongside the organic farm in the rural Yeo Valley is an ornamental and productive organic garden of over six acres. Enclosed by hedges, a large sheltered vegetable garden of raised beds and brick-paved pathways produces a wide range of crops and flowers, without the use of any chemicals. In the glasshouse, more tender plants thrive, including snake gourds. The gravel garden, borders and meadows offer billowing, informal swathes of colour throughout spring and summer, from a medley of perennials, grasses, annuals and bulbs. With picturesque pastoral views beyond, this is an idyllic, peaceful garden, alive with bees, butterflies and birds, managed in harmony with nature and full of organic inspiration.

  • Disabled access: partial
  • Dogs: not allowed
  • Single visitor discount: yes
  • Refreshments: light and hot food
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