News

Capability Brown at CrayfordPosted: 16th Oct 2019

Hugh Vaux, one of our Trustees, is giving a talk about Capability Brown’s involvement at North Cray and Ingress on 9th November.

Organisation: Crayford Manor House Historical Society
Venue: Baker Trust Hall, Maxim Road, Crayford, DA1 4BB
Time: 7 pm

For more information contact Mrs J Hearn-Gillham janet.hearn-gillham@ntlworld.com or 01322 551279



Visit to Eltham Hall and Kevington PalacePosted: 2nd Oct 2019

Eltham Palace and Kevington Hall – 30th October 2019. There are still a few places available! Cost £55.00 (Members £50.00) including lunch and tea. See under Events for full details.



Marian Boswall gardenPosted: 11th Jul 2019

photo by Jason Ingram

KGT Member Marian Boswall has been announced as winner of the Society of Garden Designers’ GRAND AWARD FOR 2019 as well as winner of the LARGE RESIDENTIAL GARDEN for her work at Reighton Wood, near Tenterden. There is an excellent article on the garden in Gardens Illustrated, July 2018 (written by Troy Scott Smith), and further information on Marian’s website www.marianboswall.com



Delos Garden project at SissinghurstPosted: 27th Jun 2019

Recreating Delos Garden
Some of Vita and Harold’s ideas were unsuccessful. An area of their garden known as ‘Delos’, was inspired by their visit to the Greek isle in 1935. On their return they aimed to emulate the feel of Delos at Sissinghurst. However, the Kent climate and north-facing position of the garden, combined with their limited knowledge of Mediterranean planting, meant that the garden never really became all they hoped for and instead resulted in a woodland feel. The new concept addresses their issues around light, drainage and Mediterranean planting.
Garden designer, Dan Pearson, is working with the Sissinghurst team to complete Vita and Harold’s vision. Using current design practices, clever landscaping and a broader spectrum of planting, a more robust and sustainable garden will be created while still maintaining the spirit of Vita’s ambition.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden



Walmer Castle: opening Lost Pleasure GroundsPosted: 30th May 2019

Walmer Castle - the restored Glen

Kent Gardens Trust were invited to celebrate the opening of Walmer’s Lost Pleasure Grounds on 21 May. Lottery funding had allowed English Heritage to restore the perimeter woodland paths and to open up the Glen (a former chalk quarry) which had originally been created as part of the gardens by William Pitt the Younger and his niece Lady Hester Stanhope.

A new family trail has been created through the woods with a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy at various points along the trail. Having been overgrown and difficult to access, evergreen planting has taken place to represent the planting mentioned in Lady Hester Stanhope’s letters.
There is a new glasshouse café in the kitchen garden setting together with a purpose-built learning room for community use.
All well worth a visit.



Cherry Ingram bookPosted: 22nd Mar 2019

Cherry Ingram

Collingwood Ingram (1880 – 1981), known as Cherry for his defining obsession, is the subject of a book, ‘Cherry’ Ingram, by Naoko Abe to be published on 21st March by Chatto and Windus. It tells the story of Ingram’s visits to Japan and his fascination with the flowering cherry trees which had become in danger of neglect; his dedication to their preservation and propagation at his home in Benenden. The tale of his discovery of the great white cherry, Taihaku, in this country and its return to Japan is retold together with the history of the cultivation of cherry blossom in Japan and just how important it is to its people.



New book on Repton now available!Posted: 12th Oct 2018

Our book about Repton

We are delighted that our new book about the work of landscape gardener, Humphry Repton, is now available. Copies will be on sale at the Repton study day on 22nd October. You can also buy a copy online by going to the Publications page at www.kentgardenstrust.org.uk/publications/ The book costs only £8.00 for members (£10 for non-members). When ordering online you need a special member code to get the member discount. This was emailed to members in our recent mailshot or you can email our secretary, Lynn Phillips at lynn.phillips@kentgardenstrust.org.uk or phone her on 07432 633697. Happy reading!



Roses at Mount EphraimPosted: 18th Jun 2018

Rose garden at Mount Ephraim

June is clearly the month for roses at Mount Ephraim (see last item) as you can see from this image



Successful event at the Edwardian GardensPosted: 5th Jun 2018

The sequoia avenue at Doddington

We have had a highly successful start to this season's events. The latest event was an enchanting visit to Mount Ephraim and Doddington Place on Thursday 31st May. Despite the threat of thunder storms, it didn't rain. Everywhere was looking fresh and green with the summer colours starting to appear. Overall, it was an ideal time to visit with plenty of interesting information from our guides. The image shows KGT guests admiring the sequoia avenue at Doddington. Hopefully, you will have received our email newsletter about forthcoming events - there are still places available at some of them!



Archbishop's Palace garden given new lifePosted: 10th Oct 2017

Visitors enjoying the garden in September

Over the last few years the Archbishop's Palace garden in Maidstone has been refurbished and replanted by the Trust. You can read more about the work we have done on the Conservation page of the website. The photograph shows members of the public looking round the garden on the Heritage Open day in September this year when the Archbishop's Palace was also open. All Saints Church is in the background. The garden is open on most days so do pay a visit and take a look!



Great reaction to 'Capability Brown in Kent'!Posted: 6th Jun 2016

Valence in the early19th century

Many of you will have now read our new book 'Capability Brown in Kent' which was published towards the end of April 2016. We are delighted that many mainstream bookshops as well as most National Trust properties have agreed to sell the book. Sales are looking good so far. We are also really pleased that many eminent commentators have made very favourable comments about the book. Here are just two examples:

Professor Tom Williamson of University of East Anglia said 'What a wonderful book! Nice text, scholarly yet readable and beautifully produced. Congratulations to all concerned'.

Professor Michael Mullett of Lancaster University said 'This is a superb example of a collaborative production and you are all to be warmly congratulated - a lovely book in every sense, with beautiful illustrations on nearly every page and all at under £10. It will be well received'.

Go to our Capability Brown page for details of how to buy your copy.