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.
Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford, Dartford, Kent, England, DA4 0JA
Early April to late September. Friday and Saturday open 12pm to 5pm. Sunday and Bank Holidays except Good Friday open 2pm to 6pm.