A woodland garden, originally designed by William Nesfield. It has mixed borders, a rock garden, clipped yew trees, terraces and a new folly.
The lovely landscaped gardens are set in the grounds of an imposing Victorian mansion. The sunk garden was originally designed by Markham Nesfield in the late 19th-century. The remainder of the garden was laid out just before the 1st World and in the last quarter of the 20th-century. The large Edwardian rock garden has recently been renovated and re-planted. The woodland garden was laid out in the 1960s. Impressive clipped yew.
Plants of note
Impressive clipped yew hedges.
The woodland garden includes magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, an aralia, eucryphia and acers.
There is a Sequoia gigantea walk dating from the mid 19th-century.
Sunk garden with herbaceous borders planted with a mixture of perennials and annuals.
Spring garden with ornamental cherries and bulbs.
The rock garden is currently being re-planted following an extensive renovation.
Doddington, nr Sittingbourne, Kent, England, ME9 0BB
Easter to end of September. Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Open 2pm to 5pm. Also open under the National Gardens Scheme.
Pre-booked groups by appointment.
The recently renovated Edwardian rock garden is ambitious, with Picturesque sunken path a la Aysgarth, pools and a cascade over Kentish ragstone. New head gardener from Scotney Castle sparks ideas well with the Oldfields who are full of plans themselves. Magnificent views, especially into the wood and along the billowing yew walk from the romantic folly (called 'a little bit of Hampton Court' by Roy Strong).
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