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Kent and E Sussex Gardens

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Castle, Cranbrook TN17 2AB

Sissinghurst is more than a garden. It is a garden in the ruin of an Elizabethan house, set in the middle of its own woods, streams and farmland and with long views on all sides across the fields and meadows of the Kentish landscape. When Harold Nicolson, the writer and diplomat, and Vita Sackville-West, poet, novelist and gardener, first came here in 1930, Sissinghurst was dripping in its own inheritance; it had been a medieval manor house and was visited by Queen Elizabeth in the 16th century before falling into ruins and being mistreated for nearly 300 years. Today it is a site of pilgrimage for many, its famous white garden has influenced gardeners all over the world.

Great Dixter

Great Dixter Northiam TN31 6PH
The Manor House at Great Dixter was the home of plantsman Christopher Lloyd is first recorded in 1220, but the present building is much later created from three houses  These gardens are on a grand scale, Lutyens designed the gardens as a series of rooms, skillfully incorporating pre-existing farm buildings, linking house to garden and giving the whole a homely feel, providing a perfect setting for Christopher Lloyds talents. Plants have always taken centre stage at Dixter and Lloyd was renowned for his flamboyant use of strong colour, with blooms from the earliest spring bulbs right up until the first frosts of autumn.

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park and Garden, Uckfield TN22 3QX
This magnificent informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th century by 'Capability' Brown The original four lakes form the centrepiece. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons and azaleas are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs, and winter walks can be enjoyed in this garden for all seasons.

Hever Castle

Hever Castle, Edenbridge TN8 7NG

The Gardens were laid out between 1904 and 1908 by Joseph Cheal and Son.The Italian Garden was designed to display William Astors collection of Italian sculpture and the 35 acre lake at the far end of the garden took 800 men two years to create. The gardens are being continually improved, including the additions of a 110 metre herbaceous border, a period herb garden, yew hedge maze and a water maze. The gardens are planned to provide a display at any season of the year.

Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place Hildenborough TN11 8DG
The ten acre walled and terraced formal gardens comprise a series of colourful garden rooms divided by yew hedges and sheltered by mellow Tudor brick alongside the River Medway. The gardens possess a very tranquil and enchanting quality. Recognised as one of the oldest Elizabethan gardens in private ownership with origins dating back to 1346, the gardens share the heritage of the house, and form a living record of Elizabethan garden design. One of the highlights is the scent of over 3000 roses and Lavender on warm sunny days in early summer.

Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place Ardingly RH17 6TN

Managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has fine collections of temperate trees and shrubs. The gardens are set around a striking Elizabethan mansion built in 1590, which houses the gift shop and nearby restaurant. Footpaths and trails lead through sweeping woodlands of native and exotic trees all containing year round displays of wild flowers. The attractions include a Himalayan Glade, extensive Water Gardens, cottage style planting in the Walled Gardens and a diverse range of mammals, birds, insects and wildflowers.

Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor

Pashley Manor Ticehurst TN5 7HE

The very essence of an English Garden, surrounding a private Grade 1 listed timber framed Tudor house built in about 1550 and enlarged in 1720 with the addition of a Georgian facade. The Gardens are set in a well-wooded park with superb views over the surrounding countryside.
The 11 acres of Gardens offer a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings and fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds. This is an English Garden of a very individual character, with exceptional views to the surrounding valleyed fields. Many eras of English History are reflected here, encapsulating the tradition of the English Country House and its Garden.

High Beeches

High Beeches

High Beeches Gardens Handcross RH17 6HQ

A beautiful woodland and water garden covering some 27 acres. The gardens include many rare and unusual plants and Champion trees - the supreme example of their type in the UK. Specialising in the species forms of plants - these are the original wild specimens found in the wild from around the world. The plants are selected for outstanding colour, fragrance and beauty.


Hole Park Gardens

Hole Park Gardens Rolvenden TN17 4JB

An attractively laid out, privately owned 15 acre garden, Hole Park is often referred to as a hidden gem, and there are plenty of treasures to be found within its walls and hedges. The gardens are a skilful mix of formal design and more naturalised planting, giving colour throughout the seasons. Much of their beauty is owed to the great variety that they offer throughout the year from the first flowers in January to the last autumn colours in October.
Open: Spring - 3rd April to 31st May - open daily, including renowned bluebell season from late April to early May.

Summer - 1st June to 27th October - Wednesdays and Thursdays

Autumn - 9th, 16th and 23rd October

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