Celebrate the Year of the English Garden 2016 in the Garden of England
2016 has been announced as the Year of the English Garden by VisitEngland, to celebrate the country’s fabulous gardens and to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of master landscaper Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. As the Garden of England, Kent boasts an impressive variety of 180-plus gardens, and was recently ‘Garden Tourism Destination of the Year’ by International Garden Tourism Network.
Offering dazzling colours, seductive scents, superb seasonal shows – Kent’s gardens are rightly world renowned. Kent's blockbuster, historic estates excel outside as well as in. Hever Castle boasts 125 acres of stunning gardens that were voted the south east's most romantic by Gardener's World - they even have their own rose, launched by Dame Judi Dench. The 500 acres of parkland at Leeds Castle include a swirling yew maze, the famous water cascade and the Wood Garden, vivid with daffodils and narcissi in the spring.
Bedgebury Pinetum delivers a stunning collection of conifers and fine colour each season; the perfect place for cold-weather walks. Other highlights include 11-acre formal walled garden at Penshurst Place, intimate Walmer Castle: the fiery winter dogwoods at Broadview Gardens; Hole Park for spring bluebells; the historic Victorian walled garden at Quex; and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens for more bluebells, and summer-time azaleas and rhododendrons.