Our Garden Group have visited a good many major gardens in Kent over the past few years but it is often the smaller gardens of that participate in the National Garden Scheme that prove to be of special interest.Their visit in June to the “Garth Pleasure Grounds” in Lingfield organised by Roz Gooding was such a garden. Garth is a former workhouse converted to a private house in the early 20th century and has a mature 9 acre garden. The formal gardens, nuttery and a spinney with many mature trees were certainly a great pleasure to walk around. The woodland has a few surprises including a very rare pine tree from Australia – Wollemila. The garden has completed its openings for the National Garden Scheme for this year but well worth a visit next year including sampling their excellent chocolate cake! Details on the National Garden Scheme website –ngs.org.uk.
For their July visit the group plan to visit two small gardens in Bidborough with one designed by Roger Platts a Chelsea Gold Medallist.