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Gardens and gardening

East Lambrook Manor Gardens (24 miles) One of the best-loved privately owned gardens in England created by the late Margery Fish, celebrated plantswoman and gardening writer. The Grade 1 listed garden is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden style and is noted for its specialist collections of snowdrops, hellebores and hardy geraniums. read more

Kelways of Langport (19 miles) Kelways was founded in 1851, making it one of the oldest nursery businesses in the world. Set in the picturesque Somerset Levels it is known worldwide as the UK’s leading grower of irises and peonies, and have a unique peony valley at its best in June. read more

Lytes Cary Manor (15 miles) A National Trust location. This intimate manor house was the former home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte; here visitors can learn about his famous 16th-century plant directory, Lytes Herbal. read more

Barrington Court (26 miles) A National Trust location. Jekyll – inspired garden, working kitchen garden and Tudor manor house. read more

Montacute House (26 miles) A National Trust location. Montacute House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips. Montacute’s formal gardens are perfect for a stroll and include a collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. read more

Stourhead (23 miles) A National Trust location. Lying in secluded privacy in its own valley, Stourhead features one of the world’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens. read more

Tintinhull Garden (23 miles) A National Trust location. Created last century around an attractive 17th-century manor house, this is one of the most harmonious small gardens in Britain. read more

Hestercombe (28 miles) A unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. read more