Ston Easton Park
Managing the award winning 36 acres of
eighteenth century parkland is Head Gardener,
Steve Hargreaves and Dale Toten. The gardeners
are constantly working to maintain the extensive
estate, paying particular attention to the Victorian
Kitchen Garden which supplies the kitchen with
almost 60% of their fresh produce.
The gardens and parkland surrounding the
privately owned house hold a fascinating history
and were designed by the famous eighteenth
century landscape architect, Humphry Repton.
Ston Easton Park is the only remaining Repton
landscape in Somerset and Repton’s ‘Red Book’
of 1792/3, documents his ‘before’ and ‘after’ plans
of the garden in wonderful watercolours.
There are fine views over the relatively flat plain
to the south while, in contrast, to the north are
the sloping lawns, terraced gardens and the
River Norr. Two bridges span the river, one of
which contains a sham castle folly, abutting the
Gardener’s Cottage. Elsewhere, the garden
contains a number of wells, a ruin and an
eighteenth century ice house. Fine mature green
and copper beech trees, yews, willows and oaks
grow on a slope across the river.
The Perennial 2017 Special Events programme is kindly supported by Hartley Botanic