Get Ready to Explore the Blooming Summer Gardens of Kent with the National Garden Scheme this June!

Summer gardens in Kent are blooming and opening their gates to visitors this June, thanks to the National Garden Scheme. With over 60 gardens to choose from, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The National Garden Scheme is showcasing a mix of old favorites and new additions in Kent this month. From traditional country gardens to unique community spaces, there is a diverse range of gardens to explore. Here are some of the top picks for visitors:

Embrace the beauty of The Mount in Wainscott near Rochester. This two-acre country garden will be opening its gates on the first weekend of June. The garden was once derelict but has been lovingly transformed into a stunning space, complete with a wildlife pond and Victorian glasshouses. The highlight of this garden is the 25-meter flower border and climbing roses that surround the walled kitchen garden.

The Hospice in the Weald in Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells, is opening its doors on June 8th. This garden, completely refurbished, boasts plenty of seating and new plants. Visitors can also purchase plants during their visit.

Voted as the winner of English Garden Magazine’s Nation’s Favourite Gardens for the South East in 2023, Old Bladbean Stud in Bladbean near Canterbury is a must-see. This garden features a walled rose garden with over 90 varieties, as well as four other interlinked gardens, including a yellow and white garden and a Victorian-style greenhouse.

Downs Court in Boughton Aluph near Ashford is a paradise for rose lovers. This three-acre downland garden offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside, along with a variety of shrub roses and a pretty rose arch pathway.

Norton Court in Teynham near Sittingbourne will be open for visitors on June 10th and 11th. This English country garden features mature trees, topiary, and a walled garden with mixed borders and climbing roses. Visitors can also explore a wildflower orchard and a unique treehouse hidden in the sequoia.

For a double delight, 95 and 99 High Street in Tenterden are collaborating and opening up both of their private gardens to visitors on June 15th and 16th. While No. 95 has been previously open as part of the NGS, No. 99 is a new addition. The shady town garden at No. 95 has been maintained for over 25 years and offers plenty of seating areas for visitors to relax in.

Enjoy stunning views of the River Darenth at Court Lodge in Horton Kirby near Dartford. This garden, developed over four generations, features mature trees, an elegant lawn, and a secluded white garden. Visitors can also explore an Italian garden and a wild bank.

The Garden Gate in Margate is a unique community garden that uses organic methods to grow a variety of plants, flowers, and vegetables. This garden supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues and has been open since 1998. Visitors can explore the wildlife pond, shade house, coppiced woodland, and even enjoy a wood-fired pizza from the garden’s oven.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore these stunning gardens and many more in Kent this June. For a full list of NGS gardens and opening dates, visit their website.

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