Garden of England Tour
The definitive tour celebrating what is undeniably the Garden of England.
Tour highlights include:
- Lullingstone Castle, an ancient castle dating back to Doomsday and a favourite of King Henry VIII. See the work of horticulturist Tom Hart Dyke, a modern day plant hunter.
- Great Comp Garden, a beautiful garden with many rare shrubs, perennials and other hardy plants. Areas of formal and informal plantings are linked with meandering grass paths and ruins homing in on an Italian Garden.
- Nymans Garden, an outstanding plant collection in a theatrical garden design, boasting many rare and exotic plants as well as a pinetum, walled and Italian gardens and woodland walks.
- Wakehurst Place and its walled garden with cottage-style plantings, water garden, Himalayan Glade and magnificent collection of trees and shrubs, promising a magnificent show of colour.
- Enchanting Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson from 1930 onwards and hailed as the most admired English Garden of its time.
- Great Dixter House with its topiary, long border, orchard, wild flower meadow and garden designed in the retro-folk art style of William Morris' Arts & Crafts Movement.
- The glorious gardens of Hever Castle, showcasing a magnificent Italian Garden and amazing walled Rose Garden. Other features of the gardens include Half Moon Pond, the Cascade Rockery, the cool and shady grottoes, the formal loggia fountain based on the Trevi Fountain in Rome and the more informal Two Sisters Pond. Stroll through the Tudor Garden, Rhododendron Walk and along Anne Boleyn's Walk.
Photographs: Main image: Labyrinth at Wakehurst Place ©RGB/Kew; ruins and topiary hedge at Nymans Garden ©National Trust Images/Clive Nicholls; Hever Castle, Kent.