The Best Walled Garden in Kent

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The best walled garden in Kent

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The Walled Garden is Goodnestone’s most renowned and popular area, and many visitors think that the central view through the succession of mellow brick-walled enclosures to the church tower, is one of the best in any English garden. Some of the walls are older than the house and having been carefully restored through the 1960s and 1970s they are now hung with a range of climbers and wall plants including clematis, jasmine, solanum and roses, Fremontodendron ‘California Glory’ and Carpentaria californica.

The succession of three main enclosures leads from the old fashioned rose garden underplanted with hardy geraniums and other perennials, to the rill garden created in 2009, and finally, the kitchen garden where flower borders mix with an array of fruit and vegetables. It is hard to believe that when Margaret FitzWalter started her work on the garden this last area was planted with Christmas trees that were sold at the local market every year.

As well as these main areas, the Walled Garden has many hidden secrets to discover: the now huge wisterias planted before the war by Emmy FitzWalter that now cover the far wall in front of the church tower; the alpine garden where raised beds and sinks are planted with gentians and other tiny treasures; or the ornamental greenhouse overflowing with exotic tender plants.

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