Kent is known as the ‘Garden of England’ because of its abundance of orchards and hop-gardens. In Kent you will also find some of the UK’s most famous houses and gardens. We are able to create a bespoke garden group tour so you can follow your horticultural passions and here are a selection of our favourites to visit.
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Hole Park Gardens on the border of Kent and Sussex near Cranbrook is one of the ‘Garden of England’s’ best kept secrets. This 6ha garden is a garden for all seasons, with beautiful colour in the spring from the bluebells and rhododendrons, followed by the wisteria and herbaceous flower beds. The gardens are also well known for their extensive topiary. Open from April – October. www.holepark.com
Not far from Sevenoaks is Great Comp Garden, a hidden gem of a garden which surrounds an early 17th C manor house. This exceptionally beautiful 2.8ha garden has sweeping lawns, winding woodland paths and an extensive range of plants which flower throughout the year. Open from April-October. www.greatcompgarden.co.uk
Goodnestone Park Garden is a peaceful and romantic garden hidden away in the Kent countryside near Canterbury. The house was once the home of Jane Austen’s brother, and you can follow in her footsteps along the 18thC Serpentine Walk. The gardens are delightful throughout the year with a walled garden, a woodland garden, a parterre and terraces as well as some magnificent old trees. The gardens are open from Easter until the end of September. www.goodnesstoneparkgardens.co.uk
The Salutation Gardens, Sandwich are a plant lover’s paradise which were designed in 1912 by Sir Edward Lutyens. The 1.5ha garden is divided into symmetrical ‘rooms’ each with a different theme. The gardens are open all year. www.the-salutation.com
Great Dixter Gardens are just over the border in East Sussex, and they were originally designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and is considered to be one of the best gardens in England. The gardens feature mixed borders, a wildflower meadow and an orchard. Open from March-October. www.greatdixter.co.uk