Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks, England
Record Id: 1254
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Brief description of site
Emmetts Garden is a late-19th century to early-20th century 'wild garden' of 2 hectares (4.9 acres). It is set in a larger estate of wood and farmland of 40 hectares (98 acres). The garden consists mainly of trees and shrubs.
Brief history of site
The house was built in 1860 and the gardens were laid out at around the same time. Under successive ownerships, the gardens were developed. Frederic Lubbock bought the site in 1890, and planted an informal collection of rare shrubs and trees. After hia death in 1927, the site was bought by Charles Watson Boise, who continued to development of the gardens. He built the rock garden, camelia garden and began the bluebell dell.
Address: Ide Hill, TN14 6AY
Kent; Sevenoaks; Brasted
Historical County: Kent
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The site is 6 miles south-west of Sevenoaks, off the B2042 Sundridge-Ide Hill Road, and 1.5 miles south of A25. Please see:
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Form of site: garden
Purpose of site: ornamental garden
Context or principal building: house
Plant type/environment: wild garden
Site first created: After 1860
Main period of development: Late 19th century
Survival: Part: standing remains
Site Size (Hectares): 42
The 19th-century house overlooks a ‘plantsman'-type garden of unusual shrubs and trees, many of which date from the 19th century although regular additions are included.
The soils are an acidic loam and consequently many ericaceous shrubs, including numerous rhododendron and azalea species, thrive here. The siting of the gardens on top of a hill gives marvellous panoramic views, but unfortunately also meant that the grounds were devastated in the 1987 storm. The trees around the house were all blown down, with the exception of one large wellingtonia. However, most of the shrubs have survived, and still represent a marvellous collection. Included are species of magnolia, cornus, eucryphia, pieris, camellia and acers to name a few genera. Grass paths interweave between the specimens to allow close inspection.
Recent new additions are a formal rose garden, and a rockery with winding path leading down to a pool.
Owner: The National Trust
Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon
The National Heritage List for England: Register of Parks and Gardens Grade II Reference GD412
Villa Created 1860
External web site link: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/
1964: The site was bequeathed to the National Trust.
1987: The garden was devastated by the 1987 storm.
Feature created: 1910
Organisations associated with this site
Sources of information
Wheeler, Richard Emmetts: Conservation Statement (2009)
Wright, Tom The Gardens of Britain 4: Kent, East & West Sussex and Surrey(London: Batsford, 1978)
Kent County Council Planning Department The Kent Gardens Compendium (Canterbury: Kent County Council, 1996) 51
Contributor or Recorder Kent Gardens Trust