Things to see and do at Emmetts Garden

Different gardens, views and events here mean there’s always something to interest you, your family and friends. Why not pay us a visit and see what you can discover?

The roses and fountain at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust place in Kent

Find your Rose Inspiration at Emmetts Garden 

With the onset of June comes the flowering of the sweet scented roses; there's no better time to see them at Emmetts. Banks of delicate roses create a beautiful border for this tranquil garden, which holds a stunning view over nearby Ide Hill. Built in the early twentieth century it remains today a quiet spot for enjoyment and contemplation.

The rose garden at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Rose Festival at Chartwell and Emmetts Garden 

Join us for our first ever Rose Festival, celebrating this beautiful flower with events taking place at both Chartwell and Emmetts Garden. There's talks, photography and painting workshops and more. Plus why not make a day of it and follow our walk to Chartwell to see more blooms.

The rock garden in August at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

The Rock Garden

Our Rock Garden is home to a wonderful variety of alpines and English hardy species. Laid out by Frederic Lubbock around the same time as the Rose Garden, it is complete with a lily pond and winding paths that allow you to explore this unique part of the garden.

Handkerchief Tree (Davidia involucrata) at Emmetts Garden in spring

South Garden

Home to an impressive collection of hardy exotic trees and shrubs, the south garden was laid out by Frederic Lubbock around the turn of the twentieth century. Come see the handkerchief tree in spring, the Persian silk tree in summer and the burnt toffee tree in autumn.

An image inside the Discover Cabin at Emmetts showing panels with quotes and black and white digital images

Discovery cabin

Wander Emmetts Garden and pick up a potted history from the new interpretation. Step inside the Discovery Cabin for even more information as well as quotes, memories and digital replicas of black and white photography from the early 21st-century. Entry is a one-in one-out to allow for social distancing.

The North Garden blooming in summer at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust place in Kent

Summer in the North Garden

For a myriad of rainbow hues head to the North Garden which comes into its own in summer. Our gardeners replanted this area in 2017 and the result has been well worth the wait. Look for the golden rudbeckia, fiery amber lilies and the quirky lantern tree.

A visitor enjoying the views at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Summer strolls at Emmetts Garden 

Enjoy breath taking views over the Weald of Kent on a walk around Emmetts Garden this summer. Take in the colourful blooms as you meander through the gardens and into the woodland, which connects to nearby Toys Hill and Chartwell.

Summer view over weald of Kent from Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Spectacular views

Emmetts Garden sits at one of the highest points in Kent, providing it with some fantastic views. On a sunny day you can sit and see for miles across the weald of Kent. Bough Beech reservoir can be seen in the distance from the bottom of the south garden, whilst Ide Hill can be spotted over the way from the wild flower meadow.