Gardens

The English are a nation of gardeners, with more gardens open to the public than anywhere else in the world. Kent is known as the garden of England, so what better place to to come and feast your horticultural senses...

Great DixterFamous garden of late plantsman Christopher Lloyd, Great Dixter house and garden were originally restored by Lutyens in the 1920s to create series of enclosures and garden themes. Here you'll see unusual colour schemes, with contrasting formal and informal areas. Great Dixter is an historic house and garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

Bateman's House and GardenBateman's is a 17th century house set in tranquil gardens surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald. It was a sanctuary for the world-famous poet, Rudyard Kipling, who said of his gardens that they made him feel like he was 'at last an English country gentleman’. When he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907, he spent all the money on the garden and a boat for his children. Here you’ll find perfect lawns, yew hedges, meadows of wild flowers and a small river. This is the setting that influenced works such as Puck of Pook's Hill, Rewards and Fairies and many of his poems.

Sissinghurst GardenSissinghurst's garden is made up of several individually designed 'rooms', including Vita Sackville-West's beloved 'white room'. Its walled gardens, orchards and tree-lined walks were made famous in the gardening columns Vita wrote for The Observer newspaper. She described to a correspondent how Sissinghurst's garden consumed her: "For the last 40 years of my life I have broken my back, my fingernails, and sometimes my heart, in the practical pursuit of my favourite occupation."

Knole House GardenThe garden at Knole has existed since the early fifteenth century and has been extended over the years. Every Tuesday from April to September, visitors can enjoy the enchanting private garden still used by the Sackville family. Access is through the beautiful Orangery, that opens out onto 26 acres of beautiful garden. Kentish ragstone walls run around the perimeter for almost a mile, ending at wrought iron gates that offer far-reaching views of the surrounding 1000 acre parkland and its resident deer. Knole's garden has the very unusual medieval feature of a smaller inner walled garden inside the larger one. Due to the rich woodland, Knole Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Charming Emmetts Garden is an Edwardian estate that was owned by Frederic Lubbock, becoming both a plantsman's passion and a much-loved family home. The garden was laid out in the late 19th century, and was influenced by William Robinson. It contains many exotic and rare plants from across the world, including the handkerchief or dove tree, said to be the most romantic tree in China. This association dates back to the Han dynasty, and is named for the drooping white bracts that come out late spring which give the appearance of hanging handkerchiefs or the fluttering of dove wings. Standing on one of the highest spots in Kent, Emmetts Garden offers panoramic views over the unspoilt Weald as well as some great walking opportunities.

Often described as one of the best places to see bluebells in the country, Hole Park Gardens is also renowned for its mature rhododendrons and magnificent standard wisterias. The gardens are open every day in spring with limited opening times in summer & autumn. In spring visitors can enjoy the wonderful carpet of bluebells, daffodils, camellias, wisteria, magnolia and other spring delights. In summer the long borders are filled with colourful herbaceous plants with the exotic border coming to life in late summer. The woodland area and gardens are also a delight in autumn with trees planted specifically with autumn colour in mind.

Why not take a tour?

Our full or half day tours give you the perfect opportunity to visit these gardens in the Potted History Tours taxi.

Hunting Henry

Churchill's Sanctuary

Winnie the Pooh

The Bloomsbury Group

Contact us for more details or to book a bespoke tour.

Tour Prices

Full Day Tour (up to 5 people) - £350.00

Half Day Tour (up to 5 people) - £200.00

Picnic Prices

Hunting Henry - £15.00 per person

Teddy Bears' Picnic - £15.00 per person

Garden of England Picnic - £15.00 per person

They Say...

Rudyard Kipling
And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden, you will find yourself a partner in the glory of the garden.
Rudyard Kipling