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Sherborne Castle & Gardens
Designed by the legendary “Capability” Brown, the 42-acre castle gardens at Sherborne are a stunning example of his craft. This Grade 1 listed garden was one of Capability Brown’s first commissions. Using Sherborne Old Castle as his backdrop, he designed the lake in 1753 and reshaped the Pleasure Gardens in 1776, creating the gently rolling landscape we see today. An RHS partner garden, there is something to see all year round – from the spring bulbs to the autumn colours reflected in the lake. **Important:** Due to COVID restrictions, the gardens are open but the castle itself is closed until 23 July. Contactless entry is available with Candide tickets and we ask everyone to adhere to social distancing guidelines on site. [More details](http://www.sherbornecastle.com/).
The Newt in Somerset
Woods, orchards, and cultivated gardens are nurtured using age-old skills at The Newt in Somerset. Close to artistic Bruton, this large working estate immerses visitors in the tranquillity of nature. The world-class gardens at The Newt cleverly evoke different historic eras. Explore the Cottage Garden for a glimpse of Gertrude Jekyll’s famous landscaping style, and see the flowers that scented 19th century gardens in the Victorian area. The Cascade is a contemporary twist on traditional water features, and the Colour Gardens feature hellebores, astrantias and anemones inspired by garden designer Penelope Hobhouse. Her family home was The Newt’s Georgian manor Hadspen House – now a luxurious hotel. Once you’ve taken in the gardens and explored the woodland walkways, you can refuel at The Garden Café. Or, at the Cyder Press, sample the cider made from the estate’s 3,000 apple trees, perhaps enjoying a guided tour of the cellar and apple pressing demonstrations. Make sure to activate your Garden Membership on Candide, and return to The Newt as often as you like over the next 12 months. Accessibility Information All gardens areas are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though via indirect routes – often up thick lawns, steep gradients, uneven ground and gravelled pathways. Pushchairs may be stored at the Threshing Barn, and for longer distances transport is available for those requiring assistance.
Kathy Brown's Garden
If you’re into art as much as gardening you’ll love Kathy Brown's Garden, which combines the two. Developed by owners Simon and Kathy Brown over the last thirty years, there are five areas which cleverly utilise the textures, colours and architectural qualities of plants to bring famous paintings to life. Prepare to feel engulfed by towering waves of feathery Miscanthus and Calamagrostis in the Hokusai-inspired garden, lose yourself in a wall of colour in the Rothko Room and contemplate life among the shimmering grasses of the Monet inspired garden. But it isn’t just culture vultures who flock to Kathy Brown's Garden, the edible flower patch is a fabulous place to learn about the joys of cooking with plants, while guided by Kathy’s expert tips. In addition to the art-inspired areas, this award-winning garden includes a wisteria walk, an ethereal white-stemmed birch avenue, a fragrant rose garden and much more besides