Tom Hart Dyke converted the castle's 2 acre walled gardens into a World Garden of Plants to raise funds for the upkeep of his ancestral home. The design of the World Garden is a (roughly drawn) map of the world consisting of continent-shaped beds. Plant species from around the world are planted in the map according to their country of origin. Notable specimens include a Wollemi Pine and Silver Princess Eucalyptus Caesia. The planting design, by Adam Bailey, is good. But the world map cannot be seen from eye level and, had the ground been level, the design idea would have worked very much better if the land between the continents had been water and all the pedestrian routes were on bridges or dry land.The old residential castle and chapel are exceptionally fine and a good selection of plants is on sale.
An absolutely five-star garden!! Based on a wonderful vision, that came to creator Tom Hart Dyke during his captivity in South America in 2000.
Tom was kidnapped during a plant-hunting expedition and conceived the idea of The World Garden before his release. He has now created a magical environment within the former walled garden at his ancestral home in Kent.
went to the gardens two years ago well done Tom credit to the gardening world my wife and i realy enjoed our visit and would go again a very friendly welcome by Tom and his parents keep up the good work
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