The garden was designed by Lutyens in 1911 and Jekyll is believed to have designed the planting. Features including the White Garden and Bowling Lawn have been recreated, while new features such as the Tropical Border have been added.
Located in the Tropical Border you will find a Wollemi Pine, an incredibly old and rare tree which dates back to 90 million years ago.
Hsving read the latest review I arrived at The Secret Gardens with trepidation only to be greeted by a delightful member of staff in the new Visitors Centre who explained thoroughly the set up and made me feel very welcome. The garden was stunning (I had picked a beautiful day!) and immaculately kept, I saw no evidence of weeds and thistles just neat lines and hard working staff, who were only too happy to stop their work and chat to us about the plants on show. The Tea-Room was busy but we found a spot on the terrace where we enjoyed excellent tea, in elegant pots and silver strainers. We had a thoroughly good day out and I would heartily recommend it to both lovers and non-lovers of gardens as a delightful location supported by helpful and friendly staff!
We visited the Salutation Gardens in Sandwich yesterday. We have been before, raved about it to friends and thought it one of the best gardens in Kent. However, yesterday we really felt something was very wrong. Weeds all over the place - brambles,thistles seeding - starved bedding plants either planted out too late or still in cells waiting to be planted out. Something has happened and we don't know what. Such a great shame. The team of gardeners were so enthusiastic, especially Steve Edney who came and talked to our garden society a couple of years ago. Where are they all?
My wife and I visited these superb gardens, yesterday,30 June, on a beautiful sunny day, which showed the plantings to perfection. Garden staff were more than helpful, and very friendly. However, the on-site tea room was very overpriced and the pot of tea we had was revolting! It was actually undrinkable(something my wife has never had a problem with) and at £5.25 a pot , very expensive.It was brewed using the most enormous leaves, which actually clogged the spout of the pot. Enjoy the garden, but go somewhere else for your refreshment.
Yesterday I took my wife to visit the secret gardens, and we both thought it a beautiful place, and well worth a visit.
On entering the garden a huge carpet of buttery coloured walflowers ,planted as a swathe of ground cover gives you a hint of the imaginative planting schemes one will discover throughout the garden.
There is much evidence of a lot of restorative work that has been well executed over the last few years and a good balance of the naturalist style with the more manicured and managed. Maintenance was good.
I enjoyed the occasional lavish splashes of colour that has been used along the formal borders..on my visit Alliums were in fine form and tulips and Camassias concluding their performance.
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