I first researched the gardens at Hestercombe when I stumbled upon a striking Delphinium composition [shown above] that had been photographed on this estate and posted by Hermes to his blog site, Gardens of a Golden Afternoon.
I learned that Hestercombe includes a collection of three gardens that span three centuries of garden history. A Georgian landscape had been designed there in the 18th century, A Victorian Terrace was installed in the 19th century, and a Formal garden was added in the earliest part of the 20th century.
Located in Taunton, Somerset, England, Hestercombe has become a tourist attraction and reception center managed by the National Trust of the UK. This philanthropic organization protects and opens to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.