Garden Croquet at Smallhythe Place

The re-instated croquet lawn at Smallhtyhe Place

Originally an old tennis court, the area beyond the nuttery was used by Ellen and Edy as a croquet lawn. Their friends, including Vita Sackville-West, often joined them for a game or two in the afternoon sun.

The gardeners at Smallhythe are working hard to return the garden to how it was in Ellen Terry’s day. The re-instatement of the croquet lawn is just one among many new plans for the garden here. Follow in these illustrious footsteps and grab a ball and a mallet to enjoy a game of your own on your next visit to Smallhythe.

 

Edy and friends enjoying a game of garden croquet on the tennis lawn.
Edy and friends enjoying a game of garden croquet at Smallhythe Place.
Edy and friends enjoying a game of garden croquet on the tennis lawn.

 

The aim of the game is to hit the ball through the course of six hoops in the right sequence and finish by striking the centre multi-coloured peg. The winner is the first one to complete the course.