A garden in history: the walled garden at Knole

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Latest update 28.06.2014 10:39

Open Tuesdays, 11 am to 4pm, 2 April - 24 September

Lord Sackville’s private walled garden takes you back centuries to horticultural fashions uprooted and discarded in many of England’s greatest houses.

In its 26 acres you will find:

  • the longest wisteria wall in the country, nearly 200 years old
  • the little-seen south front, Knole’s most beautiful view
  • the 16th century Wilderness with its historic long alley
  • the Patte d’Oie or 'goose-foot' clearing, a 17th century device bringing paths together
  • the 18th century bosquet: serpentine paths leading to a hidden clearing
  • the unbroken Green Alley running around the Kentish ragstone walls, probably the longest in the country
  • the ancient 'standing' allowing a view out to the park
  • the medieval orchard with its rare apple, pear and cherries
  • the Tudor-style knot garden (recreated in Victorian times)

As this is a private garden, tended by Lord Sackville’s gardeners, seating is limited and plants are not marked.