Historic Gardens

Doddington Place, near Sittingbourne

Picture of Doddington Place Dodddington Place is an imposing Victorian mansion set within 10 acres of 18th century parkland with many fine trees. There are notable areas of woodland containing a variety of rhododendrons and azaleas, an Edwardian rock garden under restoration, a sunken garden with herbaceous borders, and a flint and brick folly.


Eastgate House, Rochester

Picture of Eastgate House The formal gardens behind Eastgate House (a grade I listed sixteenth century townhouse in Rochester) were designed by Sir (Edward) Guy Dawber in the Arts and Crafts style of an early twentieth century garden. Dawber’s garden walls, a garden house, a shelter, York-stone paving and terracing have survived. Eastgate House featured in Charles Dickens novels, as Westgate in ”The Pickwick Papers” and as the Nun’s House in “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”. Dickens’ Swiss-style chalet that he used for writing at his home in Gad’s Hill, Higham, has been relocated to the garden at Eastgate House.


Emmetts Garden, Ide Hill

Picture of Emmetts Garden Emmetts Garden is a late 19th century plantsman's garden influenced by the gardener and journalist William Robinson (1838-1935), and is now managed by the National Trust. The garden contains many unusual trees and shrubs, rose and rock gardens. Magnificent displays of flowers and shrubs can be seen in spring. The garden lies near the highest point in Kent and there are wonderful views between the informal planting.