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Gardens in Kent keep us up to date with nature online, from Penshurst Place to the World Garden and Hever Castle

Can't visit a garden at the moment? Let them come to you as sites across Kent share their outdoor sights online.

Penshurst Place

The nut garden at Penshurst Place, part of a #DailyDoseofPenshurst on Twitter
The nut garden at Penshurst Place, part of a #DailyDoseofPenshurst on Twitter

Penshurst Place near Tonbridge is giving us all a #DailyDoseofPenshurst on Twitter while its gates are closed.

The historic house and gardens has been treating followers to scenes including the tulips in full bloom in the Nut Garden, sheep in the fields on the estate and scenes in the orchards.

Follow @PenshurstPlace to enjoy the sights.

Great Comp Garden, Borough Green

Great Comp Garden in Borough Green has been offering virtual outdoor tours of its sights for us all while we are in lockdown.

Salvia Pink Pong at Great Comp Gardens near Borough Green
Salvia Pink Pong at Great Comp Gardens near Borough Green

Besides its salvia of the day from curator William Dyson - which has included the Pink Pong, which was showcased at Hampton Court in 2018 - it has also shown virtual visitors around the Italian Garden, and shown magnolias and blossom in bloom in its 4.5 acres of gardens and woodland.

Watch the flora and fauna by following @GreatCompGarden on Twitter.

Hever Castle and Gardens

The romantic castle and gardens has been providing its online followers with some picturesque sights, from colourful camellias framing the approach to the 38 acre lake to guides on how to grow your own meadow and scenes on the Topiary Walk outside the castle itself.

Camellias near the lake at Hever Castle Picture: Hever Castle & Gardens
Camellias near the lake at Hever Castle Picture: Hever Castle & Gardens

They've also shared some uplifting news with the arrival of a brood of ducklings.

Godinton House & Gardens

The 14th century house and gardens near Ashford has been sharing tulips bursting into colour and veges growing in the Walled Garden, including newly-planted broad beans and rhubarb and globe artichokes.

See more @Godinton on Twitter.

Hole Park Gardens

The gardens near Rolvenden has been posting pictures of lush-looking blossom while it is closed, including its great white cherry (Prunus Tai Haka) which was a wedding present to the current owners in 1956.

See more @HolePark on Twitter.

The great white cherry blossom at Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden
The great white cherry blossom at Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden

Goodnestone Park

The house near Dover, where Jane Austen visited to see her brother, has been posting pictures of its gardens and also is appealing for people to tag it in their own photos of the gardens taken before the coronavirus outbreak.

Share yours at @GoodnestonePark

The World Garden, Lullingstone Castle

Over at the garden near Eynsford, Tom Hart Dyke has launched a YouTube channel over the Easter weekend, where he will be giving his gardening tips.

The garden has now been open for 15 years, in the grounds of Lullingstone Castle. Find out more at @Lullingstone on Twitter and to read about the silk farm once housed at the castle - the first in the country - click here.

The World Garden has been open at Lullingstone Castle for 15 years Picture: Alan Graham
The World Garden has been open at Lullingstone Castle for 15 years Picture: Alan Graham

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

While the National Trust sites are shut, nature continues regardless. The trust has posted pictures of some of the sights, and asked to see visitors' pictures of favourite flowers from seasons gone by.

Share yours at @SissinghurstNT

The Lime Walk in April at Sissinghurst Castle GardenPicture: National Trust/Andrew Butler
The Lime Walk in April at Sissinghurst Castle GardenPicture: National Trust/Andrew Butler

To see which Kent gardens are opening virtually for the National Gardens Scheme click here.

Take a virtual tour of museums around the world by clicking here.


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