Gardens & parks: Kent
Discover a variety of gardens and parks in Kent, from garden rooms in grand formal gardens, rose gardens created by Prime Ministers' wives to exotic specimens. Here's our highlights below:
Within the ruined walls of an Elizabethan manor house sits a world-famous garden, lovingly created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson. As you explore them one by one, the ‘garden rooms’ just keep on impressing at Sissinghurst Castle.
At the heart of the garden is a ruined 14th-century moated castle, where roses and wisteria creep over old stone walls. Scotney Castle is a truly picturesque spot and it boasts amazing displays of azaleas and rhododendrons too.
The gardens created by Winston Churchill at Chartwell feature lakes, a productive kitchen garden, Mary Churchill’s playhouse, Winston’s painting studio, Lady Churchill’s rose garden and an orchard - plus, all overlook the Weald of Kent.
Formal lawns, water features, flower borders, a sweet-smelling cuttings garden, secret gardens, hidden glades and an orchard – it’s easy to escape in the garden at Ightham Mote.
Although we don’t look after the majority of it, it’s one of Knole’s most impressive features: Kent's last medieval deer park, covering 1,000 acres with a herd of over 500 deer descending from those hunted by Henry VIII.
A plantman’s paradise full of exotic specimens, a family garden and an idyllic place to relax or play - Emmetts Garden is all of this. It has some of the best views and displays of spring flowers in the county.