This corner of the South East, on the Sussex & Kent border has a special climate that means we are lucky enough to have some very special gardens only a short drive away.
The most well known and well-loved of all is probably Great Dixter, home to the late Christopher Lloyd. Just 12 miles away you can’t leave without visiting.
Sissinghurst is a few miles further on and has a very different feel. The ‘White Garden’ is perhaps the most admired area.
If you prefer more space and park like settings, Batemans is an excellent place, with the added bonus of the House to explore too. And Hole Park is particularly known for their stunning bluebell woods.
Derek Jarman’s famous Prospect Cottage is only a few miles away across the bay in Dungeness. With the same challenging environment of fierce wind and very little rainfall there are many similarities to Rye Harbour.
Of course if you’d rather relax in a garden than walk around one The Old Vicarage has a lovely ‘seaside’ themed garden with many spots to relax in. Choose between the pretty summerhouse or the sheltered raised deck. Simon & Tracey are often on hand to bring you a welcoming cup of tea and piece of home-made shortbread when you return form your day exploring.
Since its re-design late in 2014 the Old Vicarage garden has attracted a lot of interest from amateur and professional gardeners alike and Tracey is always happy to chat about the process and plants used.