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Hever Castle Garden

A moated Tudor castle with a twentieth century garden. The garden was made, after 1903, for William Waldorf Astor, with 1,000 men employed. Its style is Italian/Arts and Crafts and still contains the large collection of Italian sculpture which Astor assembled when American Ambassador in Rome. The gardens were designed by an architect (F L Pearson) and a nurseryman (J Cheale). A 38 acre lake was also made, dug by 800 workers over 2 years. The garden has topiary chessmen clipped from golden yew, a Pompeiian Wall, a great pergola, a loggia, a rose garden and a fountain inspired by the Villa d'Este. The garden is also used as a wedding venue.

Head Gardener's Comment

Aerial video of garden wedding at Hever Castle

Aerial View. Photograph © Hever Castle Ltd
Italian Garden. Photograph ©
Pompeiian Wall. Photograph ©
Rose Garden. Photograph ©
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Half-Moon Pond. Photograph ©
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Chess Garden. Photograph ©

Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent, England, TN8 7NG

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