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Published: 09:00, 19 April 2017 |
Updated: 11:14, 24 April 2017
1 SMALLHYTHE PLACE
More than 50 varieties of roses will be creating a carpet of colour in the tiny Tenterden garden.
The former home of actress Ellen Terry is a tranquil retreat with a traditional rose garden, orchard, nuttery and ponds, with wildlife nestling among it. The garden team won a Silver Gilt award from the Kent Wildlife Trust for their work looking after the garden.
They are also working on rebuilding the rose pergola to recreate the look and feel of the garden as it was in Ellen Terry’s day. The gardens are open each day between 11am and 5pm.
From ponds to rose gardens, lakes to orchards, the garden at Sir Winston Churchill’s family home is alive with colour. Wander the top terrace of the kitchen garden to admire the pink and purple borders.
Head gardener Tim Parker said: “Our team planted 14,000 spring bulbs last year and now is the time to come and see the results of their efforts. Make sure not to miss blooming lilies and majestic weigela. The technicolour sweat peas are a particular treat.”
The yellow of the Golden Rose Avenue, first created by the Churchill children to celebrate their parents’ golden wedding, will be in its prime, with 50 varieties of rose in bloom. The gardens are open daily, between 10am and 5pm.
3 EMMETTS GARDEN
Wildflowers in the meadow are a riot of colour among the long grasses while the beds burst with buds of magnolia, azalea and rhododendron.
In the small formal rose garden, there are pink blooms unfurling, including new varieties like the Octavia Hill rose.
Head gardener Matt Scott, said: “The winding paths around the lily pond in the Rock Garden are a summer treat for the eyes. And spot the unusual wedding cake tree in the North Garden.”
The gardens are open daily, between 10am and 5pm.
4 SISSINGHURST CASTLE GARDEN
The cottage garden is a carpet of colour with the Mme Alfred Carriere climbing rose in full glory. It was the first thing that Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson planted at Sissinghurst, on the day their offer was accepted.
In the famous White Garden, rosa mulliganii cascades over the central arbour with its white, scented blooms while white gladioli and white irises merge together. The gardens are open daily, from 11am to 5.30pm.
5 IGHTHAM MOTE
The mixed herbaceous border frames summer walks with a helping of hearty colour, while grassy terraces lead to informal lawns and specimen trees, where visitors can picnic or take a stroll around the lake. There is also a natural play area for little ones to let off steam.
The garden opens daily, between 11am and 5pm.
6 SCOTNEY CASTLE
There’s a fairy tale feel to the rhododendrons and azaleas at the Lamberhurst site.
The walled garden is stocked with fruit trees and roses, while wisteria and old English roses spread over the sandstone walls.
Garden and estate manager Paul Micklewright said: “There is something for everyone at Scotney. From the more formal areas around the castle, to wild flower meadows on the outer edges of the garden.”
The gardens open daily, between 10am and 5pm.
For details and admission prices, go to nationaltrust.org.uk and search for the property you want to visit.
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