Hardy garden gates opened to visitors
THE Hardy family of Sandling Park opened their gates to the public on Sunday. Enjoyed by more than 500 visitors, the collection of magnificent trees and shrubs, started by Lawrence Hardy at the turn of the century and added to by his generations since, the woodland gardens also boast some impressive rhododendrons and azaleas, which are the stars of the tour. Carolyn Hardy and her talented horticultural team have worked hard to perfect the displays. Family friend Nick Paine said: “There are 25 acres to explore, so it makes for a good day out. The gardens are beautiful and there are things here you just will not see anywhere else.” The gardens will be open again on May 20 and 27 between 10am and 5pm and May 16 and 23 between 1pm and 4pm. Entrance is £4 for adults. Children go free. Dogs are not permitted and there is limited wheelchair access. Car parking is free. Entrance is off the A20, halfa-mile from junction 11 of the M20 towards Hythe.
Jane Hardy in the gardens of Sandling park, which was opened for the public on Sunday