Hextable Gardens 1711

Swanley, England, Kent, Sevenoaks

Brief Description

Once part of the grounds of Hextable House, the gardens were acquired by the council as for use as a public park. The gardens include terracing, a rock garden, and ponds. The gardens were badly neglected but a programme of restoration began in the 1990s.

History

From 1891 to 1944, these were the gardens of Swanley Horticultural College.

Visitor Facilities

This is a municipal site for general public use.

Detailed Description

Recently acquired by the Council, after some years of neglect, the terrace garden, the rock garden and pond area are being restored. There is a new rose arbour and planting and a ‘special needs' garden is being developed. A nature trail around the site passes many notable trees and shrubs. Opposite the original wrought iron entrance gates is an avenue of lime trees, known to date from 1650.
Features
  • Terrace
  • Description: Terrace garden, restored.
  • Pond
  • Description: Restored.
  • Planting
  • Description: Rock garden, restored.
  • Arbour
  • Description: New rose arbour.
  • Planting
  • Description: A `special needs? garden is being developed.
  • Gate
  • Description: Original wrought iron entrance gates.
  • Tree Avenue
  • Description: Avenue of lime trees.
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is a municipal site for general public use.
Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Swanley
History

Detailed History

Hextable Gardens were once part of the grounds of Hextable House. From 1891 to 1944, these were the gardens of Swanley Horticultural College, and were designed and maintained by the students as part of their practical training.
References

References

Contributors

  • Kent Gardens Trust