Gardens to visit in Kent
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Here are some links to gardens to visit, either locally or whist on holiday in Kent. The sites we list include other sites recommending gardens as well as individual gardens.
The gardens listed include gardens which have limited access for people to visit, as well as other gardens open to the public all the year round - so check the opening times of particular gardens before going.
General Open Garden sites
National Gardens Scheme - The Charity behind The Yellow Book of gardens open to The public. Often small and usual gardens open just one or two days a year. The site includes The GardenFinder database for finding gardens to visit.
National Trust - Lists The gardens and property owned by The National Trust in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Garden History and Garden Tours - International guide to gardens to visit - includes large number of UK gardens.
British Red Cross Open Gardens programme offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of some hidden and private gardens not usually open to the public.
English Heritage - Lists The English Heritage gardens and properties open to The public.
Garden Shows - Diary of gardening shows around The UK.
Gardens of the Southeast Details of open gardens in Kent.
Gardens to Go - Guide to gardens in Kent - with descriptions and many photographs.
Please check opening times by website or other contact detail as gardens have their own various opening times.
Gardens to visit in Kent
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Sissinghurst Castle Garden was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women's land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. We've undertaken research this winter to find out more about Vita and Harold's original design and we are taking steps to recapture the vision that they had. Keep an eye out for changes we are making around the garden this year. Don't miss the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the working farm and the 450 -acre wider estate.
- The spectacular gardens were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal & Sons, turning marshland into the splendid gardens you see today.
The Millennium Fountain can be found on Sixteen Acre Island, forming an interesting feature at the far end of this more informal area of the gardens. The 110 metre herbaceous border has been reinstated and Sunday Walk created, providing a peaceful woodland garden following the course of a stream. In addition to the existing Yew Maze, a splashing water maze has been built on Sixteen Acre Island - a unique feature which is especially popular with the children!
More recently, an hour long walk around the lake has been opened for visitors to enjoy, with waterfall, splashes and wartime pillboxes.
Mount Ephraim Gardens
- in the heart of an 800 acre estate incorporating the house, gardens, progressive fruit farm and grazing. The splendid late Victorian mansion and gardens have magnificent views over the parkland and the Swale and Thames estuary.
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