The Gardens in Kent and Sussex
The Garden of England has deservedly earned its name and reputation. Gardens of all shapes, sizes and interest are to be found here and in large numbers. From large, formal gardens to smaller, cottage gardens full of colour and interest to please both garden connoisseurs and keen amateur gardeners alike – and of course those of us who simply appreciate the peace and tranquillity of a beautiful garden.
Sissinghurst Castle and Great Dixter are just two of the big garden names in this area, and there are many others which are less well known but no less stunning in their appeal, such as Hole Park, Marle Place and Emmetts.
Many of the gardens to visit in Kent and Sussex are home to national plant collections or specialise in particular plants, such as the national conifer collection at Bedgebury Pinetum, the displays of 20,000 tulips at Pashley Manor Gardens near Ticehurst, the magnificent rose gardens at Hever Castle and varied displays of plants from all over the world at Lullingstone.
The whole family will enjoy Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, renowned for its rare rhododendrons and azaleas, spectacular views, carpets of primroses and drifts of bluebells as well as the fine specimen trees.
The National Garden Scheme arranges access for visitors to over 3500 privately owned gardens, many of which are located in the Garden of England, with all the proceeds going to charity. The annual ‘Yellow Book’ listing these gardens is available for purchase from the local Tourist Information Centres.
Discover more by browsing our listings of gardens in Kent and Sussex.