in The area
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst, Kent
TN17 2AB. Famous garden of rooms and a mecca for all garden lovers. Open through the year, see website for times. Tel: 01580 710700; nationaltrust. org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden
Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4JA. Private home, parkland garden with bluebell wood in spring.
Open 1 April to 9 June, daily; 13 June – 31 October, Wednesdays and Thursdays; Sundays in October. 11am-6pm. Tel: 01580 241344; holepark.com
The Salutation Hotel and Gardens, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9EW. Gardens of rooms designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Open year round. the-salutation.com
Doddington Place Gardens, Doddington, nr Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 0BB. Private home with Edwardian gardens and parkland. Open 16 April – 30 September, Wednesdays and Sundays. 11am-5pm. Tel: 01795 886101; doddingtonplacegardens.co.uk
Above: The edges of the ancient bluebell wood give way to views across the Wealden landscape and green fields of grazing sheep