Historic Gardens

Port Lympne, near Hythe


Picture of Port Lympne An early 20th century formal terraced garden laid out for Sir Philip Sassoon by the architect Philip Tilden, with planting by Norah Lindsay and later Russell Page. The Grade II* registered site comprises around 14 acres of formal gardens set within 42 acres of woodland. Elaborate terracing and an impressive Italian Renaissance-style stairway overlook Romney Marsh and the sea. Surrounded by 600 acres of wild animal park.


www.aspinallfoundation.org/port-lympne

Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst


Picture of Scotney Castle The ruined 14th century moated castle is the focal point of this romantic garden set within a 770 acre estate and managed by the National Trust. The garden is classically picturesque, with a quarry garden and natural features. Beautiful displays of rhododendron, azalea and kalmia can be seen in May and June, with trees and shrubs providing dazzling autumn colour.


www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle

Sissinghurst Castle, near Cranbrook


Picture of Sissinghurst Castle This iconic 9 acre garden lies nestled in the beautiful Weald of Kent countryside surrounded by 450 acres of ancient woodland and farmland. The gardens, the result of a close collaboration between the writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West and her husband, the diplomat Harold Nicolson, were largely created between 1930 and 1939. The formal structure of the garden is attributed to Harold who described the separate enclosures as a succession of intimacies, whilst Vita was responsible for the exuberant planting that still provides wonderful displays of colour throughout the year. Since 1967, Sissinghurst has been managed by the National Trust.


www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle


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