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Posted: 10th June 2016 16:04 by Jonathan Wilmot

This week at Restoration House in Rochester... The first time we have ever been able to grow Meconopsis at Restoration House in Rochester .. they should be flowering for a few weeks. The house and garden is open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays form 10-5. Do come and see for yourself! www.restorationhouse.co.uk Reply to this


Posted: 31st January 2015 17:41 by Liz

Has anyone on Capability Brown project been in touch with Philip Winterbottom - the Bank Archivist at Drummonds bank at all? Reply to this


Posted: 30th November 2014 18:29 by Paul Howarth

Well spotted Anne! You are absolutely right to be surprised. I am afraid the reference to 300 acres is a mistake. It should be 3.5 acres! You will see that I have now put it right. Paul Reply to this


Posted: 30th November 2014 18:16 by Anne Evans

Does the Salutation really have 300 acres of gardens. I am very surprised but would like more details. Reply to this


Posted: 1st July 2013 19:41 by Elizabeth Cairns

I presume the garden now a school you refer to is the New School at West Heath. Two other gardens occur to me: Sandling Park near Hythe and Stonewall Park near Edenbridge. Both have plantings of Rhododendrons and azaleas which date from the early part of the C20.

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Posted: 24th June 2013 15:53 by Jim Inskip

I am searching for Victorian or Edwardian gardens in Kent that have a collection of deciduous Azaleas dating from that period. I recently came across an Estate in Kent (now a school) which has a wonderful collection planted prior to 1908. This has prompted me to ask if any KGT members know of any more.

Jim Inskip

Surrey Gardens Trust.


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Posted: 8th June 2013 21:05 by Paul Howarth

I'm really pleased that restoring historic gardens is currently a feature on Radio 4's 'Saturday Live' programme. The journalist John McCarthy has been visiting gardens that have been restored. Last Saturday he was in Gloucestershire visiting the Rococo Gardens at Painswick. A surviving painting from 1748 has enabled the garden to be restored faithfully following many years of neglect. This week John McCarthy visited the fascinating Red Cross garden in Southwark (no medical connection) which was originally laid out by Octavia Hill in 1887. The broadcast featured Verena McCaig who Trust members know from her involvement in training volunteers on subjects such as conservation management plans. This garden has also been restored fairly recently. The importance of research and restoring historic gardens is beginning to get the high profile it deserves! Reply to this


Posted: 21st April 2013 10:37 by patricia smallwood

Well done, a very good website and most attractively done. Reply to this


Posted: 4th April 2013 22:57 by Judith Norris

Well done team for a great website! Reply to this




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