Visitors flock to see glorious gardens
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
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