Much of the garden is now restored but still one of the best kept secrets of Kent, without the crowds who besiege other gardens. You are encouraged to walk on the grass, dabble your fingers in a pond or spend the afternoon reading in the Italian garden. The Rose Garden and Delphiniums are magnificent in late June.
Reginald Blomfield's strongly architectural 1900s design provides the backbone of the garden. Views out to the 18th century parkland with its ancient trees and the varying brickwork around the gardens give clues to the development of the gardens over four centuries.
A stunning Japanese Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda 'Multijuga') over the entrance to the Italian Garden.
A fine specimen Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in the wild garden.
A collection of Delphiniums provided by the local branch of the Delphinium Society in the walled garden.
A really wonderful find, away from the crowds!
To quote the Times: 'An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored'. The Italian garden is wonderful, the walled kitchen garden lovely and home to the National Delphinium Collection. Sculpture exhibitions, pumpkin days, archery, gardening courses.. lots going on but still a homely non NT feel.
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