Mount Ephraim, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent
Rock garden with pools; water garden; Herbaceous border; topiary; daffodils and rhododendrons; rose terraces leading to a small lake. Small vineyard. TEAS. From M2 and A299 take Hernhill turning at Duke of Kent. Open early April to end Sept Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun (1-6),. Bank Hols (11-6).
The Owl House, Lamberhurst, Kent.
Spring bulbs, rhododendrons, camellias, unusual roses, water garden, 16plus acre romantic woodland garden surrounding 16th. cent. cottage (not open), created by the late Maureen, Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava over 45yrs and continued by her family. herbaceous border and good autumn colour. Tea Rooms. 1m W of A21, signed from Lamberhurst. Open daily except Christmas Day and New Years Day, for further information Tel 01892 89120.
Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Kent.
10 acres of garden dating back to 14th.cent; garden divided into series of 'rooms' by over a mile of clipped yew hedge; profusion of spring bulbs: herbaceous borders; formal rose garden; famous peony border. All year interest. TEAS and light refreshments. S of Tonbridge on B2176, N of Tunbridge Wells on A26. Open daily April 1 to Oct 31.
The Pines Garden, St Margaret's Bay, Kent.
Beautiful 6-acre seaside garden. Statue of Sir Winston Churchill. Water garden with waterfall and lake. St Margaret's Museum opposite. Fascinating maritime and local interest. TEAS. Beach Rd, 4&half m. NE of Dover. Gardens Open daily except Christmas Day. Museum open May to early Sept (closed Mon, except Bank Hols, and Tues).
Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Kent
Famous picturesque landscape garden, created by the Hussey family in the 1840s surrounding moated 14cent. Castle. House (not open) by Salvin, 1837. Old Castle open May-mid Sept (same times as garden). Gift Shop. Picnic area in car park. Tea Lamberhurst. (The National Trust) On A21 London-Hastings, 1 & qtr. m S of Lamberhurst. Bus. (Mon to Sat) Tunbridge Wells-Wadhurst,. alight Lamberhurst Green. March 4-March 26, Sats, Suns (12-4)April 1-Oct2, daily except Mons & Tues, but open Bank Hol Mons (closed Good Fri). Wed-Fri (11-6), Sats & Suns 2-6 or sunset if earlier,. Bank Hol Monds & Suns preceding (12-6).
Yalding Organic Gardens, Yalding, Kent.
Set in 6 beautifully landscaped acres. 14 individual gardens illustrating gardening through the ages, from mediaeval times to the present day, Incl 13th cent. apothecary's garden, paradise garden, Tudor knot, Jekyll borders, rare heritage vegetable varieties, composting and natural pest control displays, large pergola. TEAS.( Henry Doubleday Research Association). Benover Road. 6m SE of Maidstone, 1&half m. S of Yalding on B2162. Yalding served by buses from Maidstone and Tonbridge, railway station 1&half m. Weekends only during April and Oct. Also open Easter and all Bank Hol weekends.