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Nettlestead, Maidstone,
Kent, ME18 5HA

01622 812205

01622 814510

Listed By

William Donelson

0000-00-00 00:00:00

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

For NGS 5th June; Sunday; 2pm - 5.30pm. 25th Sept; Monday; 2pm - 5pm.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

6th June; Sunday; 2pm - 5.30pm. 3rd Oct; Monday; 2pm - 5pm.

Best Times of Year to Visit:

June - Sept

To see:

Roses, Shrubs Trees and Herbaceous borders.

Admission Prices

Adult £5; Child free.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: No
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: No
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:
Garden Features & Events

Collection of African statues. New and rare plants added annually.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Wateringbury Hotel

Inns & Pubs:

Hop Pole Inn, Nettlestead Green

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

On entering through the early 14th century Gatehouse, an avenue of Irish Yews leads to the courtyard of Nettlestead Place, a Domesday Book Manor House rebuilt in the 13th century, set in ten acres of plantsman's garden. The gardens are on different levels and Kentish ragstone walls, Yew, Thuja, Beech, and Box hedges surround the various garden rooms.

Across the main drive is Walnut Tree Lawn, taking its name from the very old walnut tree. Other trees on this lawn include Magnolia x soulangeana, Camellia in various varieties and Cryptomeria. From here a path through a small shade garden, with many plantings of dwarf Narcissi and Daffodils, Hosta, shade-loving Geranium and ferns, leads to the rose garden containing a large number of varieties of shrub and specie roses as well as Climbers and Ramblers. Four new rose beds were planted in late 1999 with Floribunda, Hybrid Tea and Hybrid Musk roses.

On the East side of the house an 80 metre long terraced gravel garden is planted with rock plants and dwarf bulbs. A Daffodil meadow separates this area from a series of small canals leading to the 'Glen Garden'; a valley area with a natural stream planted with Primula, Meconopsis, ferns, hosta, shade geraniums and dwarf pines. A new woodland garden is being started beyond the 'Glen Garden'. An interesting collection of African statues is being incorporated within various parts of the garden this year.

History Of Garden

The present owners, Mr. & Mrs. R. C. Tucker, and the head gardeners designed this garden.

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