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Stunning Kent gardens perfect for a spring walk among ‘exotic’ flowers

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Original article from Kent Live

Is there anything better than a tranquil walk in the Garden of England? The answer is, of course, no.

And if you're stuck with where to go, the National Garden Scheme displays 98 stunning gardens all over the county, with eight of them open this weekend.

Visitors to these gardens can explore an array of "unusual" and "exotic" plants, displayed in gorgeously themed green spaces.

From a Japanese-style garden to a sweet little cottage, there is something for every green fingered person here on our list.

After battling through a year of lockdown, many have turned to the great outdoors for comfort.

Now more than ever, people have been on the hunt for the best walking spots and ways to improve our own gardens.

A ticket into the beautiful gardens in the National Garden Scheme will not only be a great day out but will also secure a donation to nursing and health charities.

Take a look at KentLive's list below for all the stunning Kent gardens open this weekend.

Oak Cottage and Swallowfields Nursery

The Oak Cottage and Swallowfields Nursery garden is located in Elmsted Ashford

Opening dates: Friday May 21 (10am- 5pm), Saturday May 22 (10am- 5pm)

Entry fee: £5 (child entry free)

The National Garden Scheme said: "Get off the beaten track and discover this beautiful ½ acre cottage garden in the heart of the Kent countryside.

"This plantsman's garden is filled with unusual and interesting perennials, including a wide range of salvias.

"There is a small specialist nursery packed with herbaceous perennials."

18 Royal Chase

The 18 Royal Chase garden is located Tunbridge Wells and will be open to visitors this weekend

Opening dates: Saturday May 22 (11.30am- 5pm), Sunday May 23 (11.30am- 5pm)

Entry fee: £4 (child entry free)

"Town garden of a ¼ of acre on sandy soil which was originally common and woodland.

"Lovely in late spring with camellias, acers, rhododendrons and alliums.

"Large lawn with island beds planted with roses and herbaceous perennials and a small pond with lilies and goldfish.

"The owner is a florist and has planted shrubs and annuals specifically with flower arranging in mind."

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Haven

The Haven garden can be found in Minster Ramsgate

Opening dates: Sunday May 23 (10am- 4pm)

Entry fee: £5 (child entry free)

"Award winning 300ft garden, designed in the Glade style, similar to forest gardening but more open and with use of exotic and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials, with wildlife in mind, devised and maintained by the owner, densely planted in a natural style with stepping stone paths.

"Two ponds (one for wildlife, one for fish with water lilies), gravel garden, rock garden, fernery, Japanese garden, cactus garden, hostas and many exotic, rare and unusual trees, shrubs and plants including tree ferns and bamboos and year-round colour."

Old Bladbean Stud

The Old Bladbean Stud garden is located in Bladbean, Canterbury

Opening dates: Sunday May 23 (10am- 6pm)

Entry fee: £6 (child entry free)

"Five interlinked gardens all designed and created from scratch by the garden owner on three acres of rough grassland between 2003 and 2011.

"Romantic walled rose garden with over 90 old fashioned rose varieties, tranquil yellow and white garden, square garden with a tapestry of self sowing perennials and Victorian style greenhouse, 300ft long colour schemed symmetrical double borders and an organic fruit and vegetable garden.

"The gardens are maintained entirely by the owner and were designed to be managed as an ornamental ecosystem with a large number of perennial species encouraged to set seed, and with staking, irrigation, mulching and chemical use kept an absolute minimum."

Whitstable Gardens

The gorgeous Whitstable Gardens will be open this weekend to visitors

Opening dates: Sunday May 23 (10am- 5pm)

Entry fee: £6 (child entry free)

"Enjoy a day of eclectic gardens by the sea. From fishermen’s yards to formal gardens, the residents of Whitstable are making the most of the mild climate.

"Choose a few from our leaflet, drop in and admire contemporary gardens, seaside gardens, rose gardens, gravel gardens, designers’ gardens and wildlife friendly plots, both large and small and some with fabulous views.

"Stream Walk is at the heart of our community, ideal for those without gardening space of their own.

"We toil on heavy clay soils and are prone to northerly winds. By opening, we’re hoping to encourage those new to gardening with our ingenuity and style, rather than rolling acres."

Linton Park

The Linton Park garden in Maidstone will be available to visitors this Sunday (May 23)

Opening dates: Sunday May 23 (10.30am- 4pm)

Entry fee: £10 (child entry free)

"Overlooking the Weald of Kent this south facing, hillside garden is set in 450 acres of parkland.

"Re-imagined over the last 35 years, using original J C Loudon plans and historic maps, it boasts wonderful mature tree specimens of, amongst others, Copper Beech, Cedars, Limes and Oaks crowned by a magnificent avenue of Wellingtonia planted in the mid 19th century."

Sandown

The view from the french windows of this small, compact, Japanese style garden called "Sandown" at Smeeth, nr. Ashford, Kent. May. The garden is on three levels with Japanese type arbour and tea-house, and delicate water falls.

Opening dates: Sunday May 23 (11am- 4pm)

Entry fee: £5 (child entry free)

"My small compact Japanese style garden and pond has visitor book comments such as: inspirational, just like Japan, a stunning hidden gem.

"There is a Japanese arbour, tea house/veranda, waterfall and stream. Acers, bamboos, ginkgo, fatsia japonica, clerodendrum trichotomum, pinus mugos, wisterias, hostas and mind your own business for ground cover."

Torry Hill

The Tory Hill garden is located in Sittingbourne

Opening dates: Sunday May 23 (2pm- 5pm)

Entry fee: £5 (child entry free)

"8 acres; large lawns, specimen trees, flowering cherries, rhododendrons, azaleas and naturalised daffodils; walled gardens with lawns, shrubs, herbaceous borders, rose garden including shrub roses, wildflower areas and vegetables.

"Extensive views to Medway and Thames estuaries."

If you would like to book to see any of the listed gardens, you can do so here.

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