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Not-to-Miss Gradens near Cranbrook

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Not-to-Miss Gradens near Cranbrook

We will be staying in Cranbrook in late May 2012 and want to visit several gardens. Sissinghurst is a given, but what are other ones we shouldn't miss?

We are avid gardeners living in the US and especially enjoy charming gardens designed with rooms, woodland gardens, and rose gardens.

We also plant to visit Hever Castle and would like to see one "stately home" with gardens, if possibly.

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11. Re: Not-to-Miss Gradens near Cranbrook

Another garden I have just thought of is Marle Place.


The link below may help as it will show you many of the gardens in Kent and where they are in relation to where you are staying in Cranbrook.


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Leeds Castle ?

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<would like to see one "stately home" with gardens, if possibly>

Somewhere not yet mentioned is Knole House in Sevenoaks. Set in a 1,000 acre medieval deer park, the house is over 500 years old and has links with Sissinghurst in that it was the childhood home of Vita Sackville-West who created the gardens at Sissinghurst. If you visit on a Tuesday (and only Tues) the private gardens of the current lord Sackville are open. NT run.


Knole is about a 45 min drive from Cranbrook. Also in the same area are Ightham Moat house (NT), Penshurst Place and gardens (privately owned) and Hever Castle (also privately owned). A bit further on is Winston Churchill's home Chatwell (NT), which has a rose & water garden and views over the Weald of Kent.


With this ever expanding list I hope you are here for quite a few days!

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14. Re: Not-to-Miss Gradens near Cranbrook

Out of the area a bit, however the Royal Horticultral Society have gardens at Wisley which are very good: http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley

They also run some 1/2 day/1 day courses which might interest you if the dates fit.

It is about 60 miles and 1hr 20 min drive from Cranbrook

route planner- www.theaa.com

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15. Re: Not-to-Miss Gradens near Cranbrook

There is also Chartwell, Winston Churchill's home, the gardens of which are beautifully laid out. Lady Churchill was especially fond of her rose garden and her kitchen garden,both of which have been preserved/restored:


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16. Re: Not-to-Miss Gradens near Cranbrook

Another vote for Great Dixter. Truly an inspirational garden.

While neither of my suggestions are gardens, they are worth a visit, if you are a keen gardener.

Downderry nursery near Hadlow, Kent, specializes in lavenders and rosemaries. They do tours/talks of the nursery and distillation process and are a wealth of knowledge on just about every variety of lavender you could imagine. No wonder they have RHS medals from Chelsea and Hampton court flower shows and others. www.downderry-nursery.co.uk/events2.php

Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, holds the National Fruit collection, which is one of the largest fruit collections in the world. http://www.brogdalecollections.co.uk/

Another idea you might like to consider is the National Garden scheme. Under the scheme, private gardens open to the public in aid of charity. The gardens range from tiny suburban plots to huge estates. Go to the search facility of their website to see which gardens open during your time in Cranbrook. (although note the search only shows gardens which are open within the following 3 month period from the date of the search, so you may have to wait to do a search until February/ March time. http://www.ngs.org.uk/

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