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Watch virtual tours of gardens across Kent with the National Gardens Scheme

Glorious gardens across Kent may be closed, but their sights are open for a virtual tour.

Every Thursday during lockdown, the National Garden Scheme has been releasing a new collection of virtual gardens you can see from the comfort of your home, as they burst into colour.

Tulips at Hever Castle & Gardens
Tulips at Hever Castle & Gardens

The charity, which funds nursing and heath charities, is sharing advice and videos from many of those who would have otherwise opened their gardens to the public and encouraging us to enjoy a series of gardens 'virtually' while we are unable to visit in person.

Here are the sights you can see across Kent right now:

Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden which has now reopened to visitors, is showing its 15 acres and bluebells in its woodlands to virtual visitors for the scheme.

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

Watergate House on the River Stour at Canterbury is shown in all its glory by owner, artist and garden designer Fiona Cadwallader.

Hever Castle & Gardens has a virtual tour of its 125 acres.

Drifts of Tulips at Hever Castle & Gardens
Drifts of Tulips at Hever Castle & Gardens

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens near Sevenoaks has spectacular rhododendrons, azaleas and fine specimen trees on its hillside site.

Whitstable Gardens is a community of gardeners showing scenes from fishermen’s yards to formal gardens on a coastal landscape.

Watergate House in Canterbury is a magical walled garden near the River Stour.

Great Comp Gardens near Borough Green is bursting into life with magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons.

Godinton House Gardens
Godinton House Gardens

Godinton Gardens near Ashford may be hidden behind its famous yew hedging, but its gardens are ablaze with the colours of spring.

You can find them all at ngs.org.uk/virtual-garden-visits.

The NGS is also asking for donations to its Help Support Our Nurses appeal while gardens are closed.

See tulips bloom in their thousands by clicking here.

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