This unusual garden embraces a C17 house (not open) overgrown with climbing plants. A wealth of aquatic plants in 3 ponds. Of special interest is the finest tree collection in Taunton Deane, 300+ rare and unusual cultivars (listed on NGS website), both broad leaf and conifer: the trees that Bamfylde Warre would have planted at Hestercombe had they been available. Guided tree tours at 2 & 3.30. The 5 acres are a delight to both artist and plantsman. 'An inspirational, magical experience'.
An exercise in landscaping and creating views both within the garden and without to the vale and the Quantock Hills. 5 acres.
Friday 11 May (11am - 5pm). Light refreshments.
Saturday 12 May, Sunday 13 May (2 - 5pm). Cream teas.
Monday 14 May (11am - 5pm). Light refreshments.
Admission £5.00, children free.
Weekdays incl, coffee, soup, bread & cheese.
Refreshments in aid of St Thomas Sat/Sun.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to October day or eve - clubs, friends, art, health and well-being groups. Admission £5.00, children free. Cream teas.
Mostly wheelchair access.
How to find us
Little Yarford Farmhouse, Kingston St Mary, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8AN
1½m W of Hestercombe, 3½m N of Taunton. From Taunton on Kingston St Mary rd. At 30mph sign turn L at Parsonage Lane. Continue 1¼m W, to Yarford sign. Continue 400yds. Turn R up concrete rd.
More about Little Yarford Farmhouse
This is a very special garden; a very particular garden. It is approached between smoothly mown green banks with maturing beeches to the right and to the left an embryonic avenue of fastigiate cultivars. Beyond are two paths to trees of all shapes and colours with the hollies sitting comfortably in the shade of the large oak. Park on the left beyond the weeping blue cedar (cedrus atlantica glauca pendula) and enter by the garden gate. Creep down the dark path with clematis adorning the house wall to your left and emerge into the light and there you have it; a procession of ornamental trees across the lawn.
Are they actually moving? There are not one but three ponds whose perfectly still surfaces reflect not one but four different weeping junipers.
Can they possibly share the same DNA? One can no more look out from, than into the house for the sheer exuberance of the climbers and creepers. If you are lucky you will spot the trumpet vine (Madame Gallen) but will probably need binoculars to identify the fuchsia which has made it to the ridge of the roof. Leaving aside the colourful bedding around the house, we have here someone with a serious obsession with stone troughs but do remark on the imagination and subtlety of the plant and colour combinations. Woe betide the purple lobelia that finds itself in the blue bed! These are not the only lobelias.
Turn to the pond to enjoy in late Summer the rich jewel-like colours of the lobelia cardinalis, lobelia tupa, Victoria etc. If the sun is shining then the water lilies will be out too. On the far bank is the mixed herbaceous bed with its contrasting forms and textures. However if plants are not your first enthusiasm, you can enjoy the peacefulness of the scene and the variety and artistry of the views. Alternatively you can retreat to be restored/revived by a cup of tea, scones and cream and home-made cakes, meanwhile reflecting on whether gardens are a work of art, a plantsman’s obsession or just an extreme exercise in TLC (Tender Loving Care).