Watergate House, Canterbury: A haven of tranquility

This stunning garden on the River Stour in Kent is a delight of surprises at every turn. Join then owner, artist and garden designer Fiona Cadwallader on this magical tour of a very special space in spring 2020.


More about Watergate House

This magical walled garden by the River Stour has a series of defined areas of formal, spring, woodland, vegetable and secret garden which reveal themselves in a naturally harmonious flow, each with its own colour combinations. Ancient walls provide the garden’s basic structure, while a green oak pergola echoes a monastic cloister.

On the site of the ancient port of Fordwich, once owned by St Augustine’s Abbey, the walled gardens of Watergate House form a hortus conclusus not to be guessed at from the village street. Within the walls the visitor encounters a remarkable range of horticultural sensation, amounting to a country house garden in miniature and the beautiful River Stour flows peacefully beyond the walls.

PLEASE NOTE: This garden is under new ownership and does not currently open for the National Garden Scheme.

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