Discover the Beauty of Kent: 10 New Must-See Gardens Opening in 2024

Kent, known for its beautiful gardens, will soon have 10 new additions to its list of must-see locations. The National Garden Scheme, which allows the public access to private gardens, has announced its lineup for 2024. From a small but stunning farmhouse garden designed by award-winning designer Kristina Clode, to a waterfront property developed over four generations, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a breakdown of the new gardens opening in Kent:

Chapel Farmhouse, located in Tilmanstone near Deal, will open on July 6 and 7. Designed by Clode, this bespoke garden features a Japanese pond, formal lawn, vegetable garden, and herbaceous borders.

On June 22, Court Lodge in Horton Kirby near Dartford will open its doors to visitors. This garden boasts mature trees, yew hedges, a kitchen garden, and a wild bank for summer walks.

Down House, the former home of Charles Darwin, will welcome guests on July 23. This English Heritage property is known as a “living laboratory” with gardens and grounds filled with scientific history and carnivorous plants.

Fairseat Manor, located in Sevenoaks, offers stunning views from its two-acre garden. Visitors can expect to see spring bulbs, rose borders, meadows, and a sunken garden with a pond.

The Lynsted Community Kitchen Garden, near Sittingbourne, is a shared space where locals come together to grow organic produce. On July 7, visitors can explore this sustainable half-acre garden focused on soil health, biodiversity, and water management.

99 High Street in Tenterden, a private garden with meticulously grown flowers and plants, will be open on June 15 and 16.

Old Bladbean Stud, located in Bladbean near Canterbury, is a must-visit for rose lovers. With over 90 rose varieties, a yellow and white garden, and a Victorian-style greenhouse, this garden is an “ornamental ecosystem.”

On May 5 and August 3, visitors can explore 1 Fox Cottages in Oversland near Faversham. This organic cottage garden produces a variety of fruits and vegetables and offers beautiful views from the top end of the garden.

6 Marine Parade in Whitstable, a south-facing seaside garden, will open on April 26 and August 23. Guests can enjoy views of the seafront while admiring the perennial plants and natural pond.

Finally, Thames House in Gravesend offers three unique gardens to explore, including a main terrace with views of the Thames River, a western terrace with a fish pond, and a walled garden with mixed borders, fruit trees, and seating areas. This garden will open on August 10 and 11.

With so many new gardens to explore, 2024 is shaping up to be an exciting year for garden enthusiasts in Kent. Don’t miss your chance to visit these stunning locations and support the National Garden Scheme.

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