Early summer colour in the gardens
Summer is the perfect time of year to see our historic gardens at their best. Explore the beautiful blooms on the terraces, and don't miss the exotic plants in the shady bog garden.
Hidden from view
As you enter the historic gardens, the view over the Upton estate unfolds in front of you. Walk to the end of the lawn and all is revealed, the rows of terraced planting tumble down to the kitchen garden and Mirror Pool. Wander down, and along the terraces, every row and turn gives a new view of the gardens with different colourful flowers to see.
Pick up a handy plant guide for the borders as each comes into its prime. There will be a list of the plants growing and where to find them. Some will be available from the plant centre shop, so you can plant them at home.
A swimming pool!
Just the ticket for a 1930s family. This was a feature put in by Lord Bearsted in 1936, a few years after they bought the house and undertook the significant renovations you see today. They always wanted a home to enjoy as a family, and to host weekend parties for friends. They already had a squash court, ao a swimming pool was the last must have for the perfect garden for family and fun.
The water in the swimming pool drains through to the ponds, where we have fish, so sadly the water is not suitable for swimming these days.
Conservation work is at the heart of what we do
To enable us to conserve this delicate garden, we need to be able to manage the greater numbers of people visiting in our twelve month opening period, which can be very challenging at times.
Part of that management scheme, which has been carefully thought through, is to rotate the garden areas as they come into season; for example throughout the winter and into early spring we enable visitors to follow the spring bulbs. Walking on hard pathways, with other areas being viewed from a distance to show off the structure of the plants. This will be followed by the first early herbaceous border coming into flower and other areas will open as the year goes on.