Garden Design of the Region

Somerset Garden Country

...The gently rolling landscape of large parts of the county makes an ideal backdrop to park creation and there is a strong tradition of park development from the seventeenth century onwards. Many of the top garden designers of the eighteenth century have worked in the historic county such as Lancelot “Capability” Browne at Newton Park (c.1760) and Humphrey Repton at Ston Easton Park (in1793) and in the 20th century Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens at Hestercombe(1903).

There are many other parks and gardens to visit in the region. Further information is usually available on local tourism web sites or from the National Trust who manages many of the larger sites around the region. In 2003 Westonbirt Arboretum and Stourhead House and gardens (National Trust) had over 300,000 paying visitors putting these attractions in the most popular list for the region.

Top of the list is the most recent and innovative garden project of all, The Eden Project with over 1million visitors. Remember that “there is a whole world to be seen in a garden” and Southwest England has many gardens to choose from.