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Great Comp Garden

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Address: Great Comp Comp Lane, Platt TN15 8QS, England
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+44 1732 885094
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A garden paradise.

A hidden gem.

Fabulous, folly-filled garden and home to...

A garden paradise.

A hidden gem.

Fabulous, folly-filled garden and home to one of the finest collections of Salvias in the country.

Great Comp Garden, near Sevenoaks, has built up an enviable reputation over the years as being one of Kent's finest gardens to visit.

Come and explore our wonderfully quirky garden showcasing 7 acres of beautiful and rare plants surrounding a 17th century manor house. This hidden gem of a garden is home to an Italian Garden, romantic ruins, enchanting woodland walks and the Old Dairy Tearooms.

In Spring this tranquil garden erupts into bloom with numerous Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, underplanted with large drifts of Helebores and bulbs while summer brings warmth and extravagance from one of the most comprehensive and exciting collections of Salvias in Europe. Ornamental grasses in great variety punctuate the colourful borders and combine beautifully with the myriad colours of late autumn.

The garden is the delightful creation of Roderick and Joy Cameron who moved to Great Comp in 1957. They opened the garden to the public for charity in the early 1960s. The gardens are now run by the Curator William Dyson.

This year's programme of special events include:

Spring Fling Plant Fair Sunday 13th April 2014

Great Comp Summer Show 9th & 10th August 2014

Autumn Extravaganza Craft Fair 11th & 12th October 2014

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Snowdrop day

The garden was open on Sunday for the snowdrop sensation. As well as being able to walk around the garden there were four specialists nursery’s selling lots of snowdrops, plus... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Peter R
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The garden was open on Sunday for the snowdrop sensation. As well as being able to walk around the garden there were four specialists nursery’s selling lots of snowdrops, plus other plants suited to this time of year. I was really surprised at the number of different varieties of snowdrops and also in a few cases the price of a... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very very disappointing. The name sensation implied something good. We are not collectors of unusual snowdrops but do love seeing them in the garden so we were hoping for something pretty spectacular. £16 was a bit steep for entrance for 2 adults considering the display of snowdrops in the grounds was pretty poor. Feeling pretty miffed and out of pocket... More 

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Aylesford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

This was our 2nd visit to Great Comp this year, the first being to see the Spring colours. This time, we drunk in the autumn splendour. It's a lot very place, part formal gardens with pond and fountain, and part more natural woodland surrounding a few mock ruins. And the tearoom in the grounds is certainly worth a visit -... More 

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Great Comp holds a plant fair in the autumn (and at other times of year. Not only is the garden spectacular, the plant fair made for great added interest with a good selection of nurseries present. Great day out for any gardener.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Go there several times a year -always interesting as changes with the seasons. Nice cafe & good flower shows as well

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I visited Great Comp for the first time today and found it to be an absolute delight. It contains a series of "rooms" - separate gardens each with specific plantings. Even though the summer is drawing to a close, the garden is full of colour with fabulous dahlias, Rudbekia, Hydrangeas, Fuschias and the magnificant Magnolias just breaking into bloom. The... More 

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VikkiRimmer, Front Office Manager at Great Comp Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of Great Comp Garden. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards The Great Comp Garden Team More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

You can go to the wonderful nursey for free but the garden is worth seeing.RHS members get in for free Sept and Oct. Great tea room with wonderful selection of cakes. Gardens still look beautiful salvias and dalias especially

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Thank you for your kind review of Great Comp Garden. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards The Great Comp Garden Team More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Beautifully manicured gardens with such a variety of flowers and well established trees. Very tranquil atmoshere and a much welcomed pot of tea with homemade cake! A very nice change of scenery.

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VikkiRimmer, Front Office Manager at Great Comp Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of Great Comp Garden. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards The Great Comp Garden Team More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Visited first time for many years. Such well kept gardens and paths even in the woodland areas, well manicured lawns and healthy plants and trees nicely labelled too. Highly recommended Good tearoom serving freshly made sandwiches and cake.

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Thank you for your kind review of Great Comp Garden. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards The Great Comp Garden Team More 

Wrotham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

First time visit to this local garden but went on a day when there were plenty of stall, music, and people!

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Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to Great Comp Garden. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards The Great Comp Garden Team More 

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