NATIONAL GAR­DEN SCHEME OPEN DAYS IN THE COUNTY THIS WEEK

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - GARDENS -

3 Chain­hurst Cot­tages, Dairy Lane, Mar­den The gar­den sur­round­ing this Kent peg tiled cot­tage is for­mally de­signed with re­laxed cot­tage style plant­ing in shades of soft pur­ple, pink and bur­gundy. Low box hedg­ing, brick paths, horn­beam and beech hedg­ing di­vide the gar­den into small ar­eas, and there are raised beds with cut­ting flow­ers and veg­eta­bles. When: Sun­day, June 23 and Wed­nes­day, June 26 Cost: Adults £5, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01622 820483

Chevening House, Chevening, near Sevenoaks This 27-acre gar­den has ex­ten­sive lawns and a wood­land area, along with a lake, maze and parterre (or­na­men­tal for­mal gar­den). When: Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Adults £4, chil­dren £1 Con­tact: 01732 744809

Cot­tage Farm, Cack­ets Lane, Cud­ham The farm’s cot­tage gar­den is around one acre with self-suf­fi­cient veg­etable and fruit gar­dens, with raised beds grow­ing veg­eta­bles for ex­hi­bi­tion. Look around a trop­i­cal gar­den, cut flower gar­den, fern­ery, green­houses with ten­der and trop­i­cal fruits and flow­ers, along with rose-cov­ered pergolas and wildlife ponds. When: June 23 Satur­day, June 22 and Sun­day, Cost: Adults £5, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01959 532506 God­dards Green, An­g­ley Road, Cran­brook First laid out in the 1920s, the two-acre gar­den has been re­designed over the past 18 years to com­bine tra­di­tional and mod­ern plant­ing schemes. Fea­tures in­clude a foun­tain, rill and wa­ter gar­den, bor­ders with bulbs, herba­ceous plants, flow­er­ing shrubs and ex­otics, birch grove, grass bor­der, pond, kitchen gar­den and ma­ture mixed orchard. When: Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Adults £5, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01580 715507

God­in­ton House & Gar­dens, God­in­ton Lane, Ash­ford The mag­nif­i­cent Ja­cobean house is sur­rounded by 13 acres of gar­dens, which in­clude ter­raced lawns, a rose gar­den and for­mal lily pond, in­ti­mate Ital­ian Gar­den and large walled gar­den with del­phini­ums, potager, cut flow­ers and iris bor­der. When: Fri­day, June 21 Cost: Adults £5, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01233 643854

Great Maytham Hall, Maytham Road, Rol­ven­den The gar­dens in­spired Frances Hodg­son Bur­nett to write The Se­cret Gar­den. Fea­tures in­clude park­land, wood­land with blue­bells, walled gar­den, rose per­gola and pond gar­den. When: Wed­nes­day, June 26 Cost: Adults £5, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01580 241346 Knowle Hill Farm, Ul­combe, Maid­stone The one and a half acre gar­den has spec­tac­u­lar views of the North Downs, and fea­tures a range of plants in­clud­ing roses, aga­pan­thus, ver­be­nas, salvias and grasses. There are also laven­der rib­bons and a walled white gar­den. When: Satur­day, June 22 Cost: Adults £4, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01622 850240

Lit­tle Gables, Hol­combe Close, Wester­ham A range of trees, shrubs, peren­ni­als on show in the gar­den, along with a col­lec­tion of climb­ing and bush roses. There is a large pond with fish, wa­ter lilies and bog gar­den, a fruit and veg­etable gar­den, and large green­house. When: Satur­day, June 22 and Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Adults £3.50, chil­dren free Con­tact: www.ngs.co.uk

Lords, Sheld­wich, Faver­sham This unique gar­den has a herb ter­race, cherry orchard grazed by Ja­cob sheep, lawns, ponds and a wild area. Old spec­i­men trees in­clude red­woods, planes, cop­per beech, yew hedges and a 120ft tulip tree. When: Thurs­day, June 27 Cost: Adults £4, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01795 536900

Mount Ephraim, Hern­hill, Faver­sham The es­tate’s gar­den has many in­ter­est­ing fea­tures, in­clud­ing top­i­ary, rose ter­races

lead­ing to a small lake, a rock gar­den with pools, a wa­ter gar­den and grass maze. When: Thurs­day, June 27 Cost: Adults £6, chil­dren £2.50 (un­der 4s free) Con­tact: 01227 751496

Old Blad­bean Stud, Blad­bean, Can­ter­bury Three acres of in­ter­linked gar­dens de­signed and cre­ated by the own­ers from scratch be­tween 2003 and 2011, fea­tur­ing a ro­man­tic walled old rose gar­den, tran­quil yel­low and white gar­den, blended pas­tels square gar­den, 300ft-long colour-schemed sym­met­ri­cal dou­ble bor­ders and an or­ganic fruit and veg­etable self­suf­fi­ciency pro­ject. When: Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Adults £5.50, chil­dren free Con­tact: www.ngs.co.uk

Old Buck­hurst, Mark­beech, near Eden­bridge One acre partly-walled cot­tage gar­den fea­tur­ing mixed bor­ders with roses, clema­tis, wis­te­ria, poppies, iris, pe­onies and laven­der. When: Satur­day, June 22 and Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Adults £4, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01342 850825

Orchard End, Cock Lane, Spel­monden Road, Horsmon­den Con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal gar­den di­vided into rooms with link­ing vis­tas. It in­cludes hot bor­ders, a white gar­den, ex­otics, and an oak and glass sum­mer­house. There is a for­mal pool with damp gar­den, or­na­men­tal veg­etable potager and wildlife or­chards. When: Satur­day, June 22, Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Adults £3.50, chil­dren free (share to Amy­loi­do­sis char­ity) Con­tact: 01892 723118

Rogers Rough, Chicks Lane, Kil­ndown Gar­den writer’s one and half-acre gar­den, di­vided into many smaller gar­dens con­tain­ing mainly herba­ceous bor­ders, but also rock gar­dens, shrubs, a small wood and pond. When: Satur­day, June 22 and Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Adults £4, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01892 890554

Ship­bourne, near Ton­bridge Gar­dens open around the parish will in­clude Hook­wood House, with herba­ceous bor­ders, a herb gar­den, top­i­ary, nut plat and veg­etable gar­den; Great Oaks House, a ro­man­tic gar­den with herba­ceous bor­ders, roses, wild gar­den with pond and ma­ture trees; and Plan­ta­tion House, an in­for­mal gar­den with roses, peren­ni­als, veg­etable gar­den and sculp­tures. Teas in the vil­lage hall on the vil­lage green. When: Satur­day, June 22 and Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Com­bined ad­mis­sion adults £5, chil­dren free Con­tact: www.ngs.co.uk Windy Ridge, Vic­tory Road, St Mar­garets-at-Cliffe The plants­man’s gar­den on top of a chalk hill has ex­ten­sive views over the open coun­try and sea. There is an is­land bed of shrubs and peren­ni­als, a large col­lec­tion of pen­ste­mon and salvia, wildlife pond, and new board­walk gar­den lead­ing to a raised seat­ing area and view­point. There will be plants for sale. When: Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Adults £3.50, chil­dren free Con­tact: 01304 853225

Wye Four un­usual gar­dens will be open in the vil­lage: 3 Bram­ble Close, a wild gar­den with meadow, pond and ditches, mown paths and hedges buzzing with wildlife; Cum­ber­land Court’s court­yard gar­den, once an as­phalt car park now densely planted with a wide range of un­usual plants and many pots; Mis­tral’s gar­den, once part of an old hard ten­nis court which now has 250 species of botan­i­cal in­ter­est, in­clud­ing white and alpine gar­dens and Yew Trees, a large tra­di­tional gar­den di­vided into three dis­tinct and se­cluded ar­eas with lawns, a nat­u­ralised wildlife area with a pond, ma­ture trees and wide bor­ders planted with shrubs, grasses and herba­ceous peren­ni­als and an en­closed potager. When: Sun­day, June 23 Cost: Com­bined ad­mis­sion adults £4.50, chil­dren free Con­tact: www.ngs.co.uk

Pic­ture: Paul Dennis

right: mount ephraim, near Faver­sham Be­low right: God­in­ton House, Ash­ford

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