Gar­dens open in Fe­bru­ary...

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The Na­tional Gar­den Scheme has other chances to see snow­drops this month. They in­clude Yew Tree Cot­tage, Penshurst, where there are seats and se­cret corners, plus some un­usual plants and spe­cial peren­ni­als, as well as a small pond. It will open on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18 and again on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 28. Ad­mis­sion is £3, with chil­dren free, and light re­fresh­ments avail­able. Call 01892 870689 for more de­tails. The six-acre 19th cen­tury Mere House in Mere­worth has in­creas­ing ar­eas of snow­drops and daf­fodils and ex­ten­sive lawns with herba­ceous borders, or­na­men­tal shrubs and trees with year-round fo­liage. It will be open on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18 and Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 25. Ad­mis­sion is £5, with chil­dren free and re­fresh­ments in aid of Mere­worth Church. De­tails at mere­house.co.uk. Ten-acre Dod­ding­ton Place Gar­dens, Dod­ding­ton, has wood­land with aza­leas and rhodo­den­drons and a re­cently ren­o­vated Ed­war­dian rock gar­den and a new gothic folly. It opens be­tween 11am and 4pm on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18. Ad­mis­sion is £7, with chil­dren £2. Call 01795 886101, email en­quiries@dod­ding­ton­placegdns.co.uk or visit dod­ding­ton­place­gar­dens.co.uk.

And Cop­ton Ash, Faver­sham, has a col­lec­tion of rar­i­ties and newly-in­tro­duced species raised from wild seed. There are wood­land flow­ers, snow­drops and helle­bores with flow­er­ing trees and a small alpine nurs­ery. It will be open on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18 be­tween noon and 4pm. Ad­mis­sion is £4, with chil­dren free. Home­made soup is avail­able. Call the own­ers on 01795 535919, email cop­tonash@ya­hoo.co.uk or go to cop­tonash.plus.com.

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