Gardens

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Designed by writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson now owned by The National Trust. The intimate setting in the grounds of an Elizabethan mansion you will find ever changing romantic little garden compartments filled with colourful floral displays. Lakeside and woodland walks are open all year.

Great Dixter

A Tudor house with famous twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden.  The house was bought in 1910 by Nathaniel Lloyd and restored by Edwin Lutyens.  Nathaniel designed the framework of the garden which was planted by his son, Christopher Lloyd, author of many good books on plants and planting.  There are many excellent events, symposiums, and study days held at Great Dixter, on subjects such as Christopher Lloyd and the Art of Gardening, the architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens and Nathaniel Lloyd OBE, or fascinating and informative study days with head gardener Fergus Garrett.

Sheffield Park

The Park designed by Lancelot Brown (c. 1775) has developed into a major twentieth century woodland garden and arboretum, now part of the National Trust. It has a collection of exotic trees and shrubs, established by the Third Earl of Sheffield, from 1876-1909, and by Arthur Soames, who owned the estate from 1910-53. He loved rhododendrons and was responsible for most of the shrubberies. The Earl created the balustraded bridge (1882), the spectacular cascade and the Middle Lake.

Scotney Castle

A National Trust Victorian country mansion with romantic garden and 14th century fairytale moated castle – set in a beautiful 770 acres wooded estate. Visitors can relax in the picturesque garden or venture into the wonderful woodland and parkland.

Merriments

The 4 acre garden has been created over the last 10 years with densely planted borders where the plants grown in the nursery, can be seen in garden context. Visitors can explore the artistic wilderness that will take them through the colour spectrum, explore textural and tactile elements and appreciate the imaginative planting schemes. There is also a delightful Garden Café as well as an appealing gift shop.

Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden at Perch Hill

Sarah Raven is an expert on all things to grow, cut and eat from your garden. She runs her inspirational cooking, gardening and floristry courses from her Perch Hill Farm. These include: Flower Arranging for Weddings and Parties, The Cutting Garden and Veg Patch from Scratch.

Pashley Manor

A quintessential English garden located just outside the village of Ticehurst in the heart of South East England’s garden country.  Pashley (famed for its annual Tulip Festival) offers a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, fine old trees and imaginative planting; fountains, springs and large ponds.