Visi­tors flock to see glo­ri­ous gar­dens

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

Beau­ti­ful gar­dens were ad­mired by visi­tors from far and wide at an open event last week­end.

The gates to Smar­den’s glo­ri­ous gar­dens were opened on both Satur­day and Sun­day and as well as ad­mir­ers from across Kent, visi­tors from the Nether­lands and Bel­gium also came to see the blooms.

A star attraction was the gar­den at the an­cient Cloth Hall, once home to Ever­est ex­plorer and film­maker John Noel, which has been re­cently cre­ated.

Eleven gar­dens were open to the pub­lic at the event or­gan­ised by the Friends of Smar­den Church, which is ded­i­cated to the up­keep of the his­toric church build­ing.

Gar­den own­ers and vil­lagers were thanked by or­gan­iser Melanie Mar­den for their gen­eros­ity and hard work in mak­ing the 20th open gar­dens event at Smar­den such a suc­cess, with more than 400 visi­tors at­tend­ing.

Their ranks were swelled by car en­thu­si­asts who ap­pre­ci­ated the col­lec­tion of clas­sic cars that as­sem­bled in the vil­lage on the Sun­day. Karen Phillips and David Falzani ad­mire Nick Steele’s Austin Healey 3000

Pic­tures: Paul Amos FM4388677

Visi­tors to Lit­tle­Field Elaine Reeve and Chris Lang ad­mire the Roses


Owner of Half­Way Cot­tage Eleanor Bliss with visi­tors Eu­nice Jef­fer­son and Jacque Shack­le­ton


Visi­tors to De­r­ing Barn ad­mire a rhodo­den­dron


Robin and Anne Wates ad­mire a per­gola

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