Emmetts Garden 1254

Sevenoaks, England, Kent, Sevenoaks

Pgds 20080511 213452 Emmetts Garden Ntpl 34967

Brief Description

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.

History

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.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open between March and November, though opening days vary. Please see: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/opening-times/ More information

Detailed Description

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.

Features

Plant Environment

  • Wild Garden
  • Plant Type
  • Rose Garden
  • Description: Formal design.
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  • Villa (featured building)
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Pool, Rockery
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open between March and November, though opening days vary. Please see: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/opening-times/

Directions

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: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/how-to-get-here/
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Brasted
Contact

Telephone

0844 800 1895

Official Website

Click Here

Other websites

Owners

  • The National Trust

    Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA
References

References

Contributors

  • Kent Gardens Trust