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Emmetts Garden

Pgds 20080511 213452 Emmetts Garden Ntpl 34967


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.

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.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts


01732 868381

Access contact details

The site is open between March and November, though opening days vary. Please see:


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:


The National Trust

Heelis, Kemble Drive, Swindon, SN2 2NA
Features & Designations


  • The National Heritage List for England: Register of Parks and Gardens

  • Reference: GD412
  • Grade: II

Plant Environment

  • Plant Type
  • Wild Garden


  • Pool
  • Rockery
  • Rose Garden
  • Description: Formal design.
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  • Latest Date:
  • Villa (featured building)
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  • Woodland
  • Trees
  • Shrub Feature
Key Information




Ornamental Garden

Plant Environment

Wild Garden

Principal Building



Part: standing remains



Open to the public


Civil Parish




  • 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
  • Wheeler, Richard {Emmetts: Conservation Statement} (2009)


  • Kent Gardens Trust