The Walled Gardens of Cannington
The Walled Gardens of Cannington lie in the grounds of a medieval priory and after redevopment they were opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. The gardens are home to the National Plant Collection of Deschampsia, and the garden’s team are developing collections of Santolina and Monarda. The gardens include the 'hot' herbaceous border, the Blue Garden, the sub-tropical walk and a Victorian-style fernery. There is also a botanical glasshouse that is home to arid, sub-tropical and tropical plants and two smaller, peaceful gardens within the walls – The Bishop's and Australasian Gardens. Many plants grown in the gardens are on sale in the shop. There is a tea room too.
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- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open Nov-Mar Mon-Fri 10.30-2.30; Apr-Sep all week 10-4; Oct all week 10.30-2.30
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About The area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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