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1 acre garden with panoramic views of the Weald. Major reconstruction taking place but still have approx 500 different varieties of snowdrops in raised sleeper beds but many more now planted in grass around the garden with spring flowers in borders. An extensive collection of alpine plants in a large greenhouse. Vegetable garden, natural spring fed water feature and a croquet lawn. Opens Sunday 21st, Wednesday 24th, Sunday 28th January. Thursday 1st, Sunday 4th February (10.30-3). Adm £5, chd free. Pre-booking essential, please phone 01622 843383, email [email protected] or visit www.kentsnowdrops.com for information & booking. Light refreshments inc home-made soup & bread.
2 acre garden created over nearly 40 years on south facing slope below the Greensand Ridge. Spectacular views. Snowdrops and hellebores, many tender plants, china roses, agapanthus, salvias and grasses flourish on light soil. Box hedges and topiary lend structure. Lavender ribbons hum with bees. Pool enclosed in small walled white garden. A green garden was completed in 2018. Opens Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th February (11-3.30). Light refreshments. Adm £6, chd free.
Garden grown out of a love and fascination with plants. Contains wide collection inc many rarities and newly introduced species raised from wild seed. Special interest in woodland flowers, snowdrops and hellebores with flowering trees and shrubs of spring. Refreshed Mediterranean plantings to adapt to a warming climate. Raised beds with choice alpines and bulbs. Alpine and dryland plant nursery. Opens Saturday 10th, Sunday 18th February (12-4); Sunday 17th March (12-5).
10 acre garden, wide views; trees and cloud clipped yew hedges; woodland garden with azaleas and rhododendrons; Edwardian rock garden; formal garden with mixed borders. A flint and brick late C20 gothic folly; newly installed at the end of the Wellingtonia walk, a disused pinnacle from the southeast tower of Rochester Cathedral. Opens Sunday 25th February (11-5). Adm £9, chd £3. Light refreshments.
1½ acres with impressive display of long-established naturalised snowdrops and winter aconites; collection of over 130 named snowdrops. Garden developed around the snowdrops over 40yrs, inc hellebores, pulmonarias and other early bulbs and flowers, with foliage perennials, shrubs and trees, also natural woodland. Visits by arrangement in February for groups of up to 20. Small numbers welcome, but may be put together to make one larger group . Adm £6, chd free. Home-made teas.
Award winning 300ft garden, designed in the Glade style, similar to Forest gardening but more open and with use of exotic and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials, with wildlife in mind, devised and maintained by the owner, densely planted in a natural style with stepping stone paths. Two ponds (one for wildlife, one for fish with water lilies), gravel garden, rock garden, fernery, Japanese garden, cactus garden, hostas and many exotic, rare and unusual trees, shrubs and plants inc tree ferns and bamboos and year-round colour. Opens Sunday 3rd March (10-4). Adm £5, chd free.
24 acres of restored wilderness and formal gardens set around C18 mansion (not open). Topiary, rose garden, herbaceous borders, walled kitchen garden and recently restored Italian and swimming pool gardens. Superb daffodils in spring and roses in June. Historical association with Jane Austen. Also visit the Heritage Centre. Opens Sunday 17th March (1-5). Adm £8, chd free. Home-made teas in the Orangery.
Vast amounts of C19 self-seeded daffodils which lead down to a romantic woodland garden in an historic setting, featuring species such as rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas. In May, bluebells take over the daffodils in abundance. Winding, mossy paths lead you to a range of interesting trees, sandstone outcrops and lakes. Opens Sunday 17th March (2-5). Adm £7, chd free. Home-made teas.
Skillfully designed 7 acre garden of exceptional beauty. Spacious setting with maintained lawns and paths lead visitors through plantsman’s collection of trees, shrubs, heathers and herbaceous plants. Early C17 house (not open). Magnolias, hellebores and snowflakes (leucojum), hamamellis and winter flowering heathers are a great feature in the spring. A great variety of perennials in summer inc salvias, dahlias and crocosmias. Sunday 24th March (10-5). Adm £9.50, chd free.
Mount Ephraim is a privately-owned family home set in 10 acres of terraced Edwardian gardens with stunning views over the Kent countryside. Highlights inc a Japanese rock and water garden, arboretum, unusual topiary and a spectacular grass maze plus many mature trees, shrubs and spring bulbs. Opens Sunday 24th March (11-5). Adm £8, chd £3. Cream teas in West Wing Tea Room.
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