There will be 10 private gardens plus the allotments to visit. Entry programmes will be available on the day from the gardens taking part, £5 per adult and £1 per child up to age 16 (cash only). In addition to the usual teas, coffees, cakes and plants for sale some of the gardens will be having children’s activities. See map below for garden locations.
1. Avalon, 57 Stoney Road, Dunkirk (off Dawes road) ME13 9TN. Violet and Shane Croll
An informal 1/2 acre garden for all seasons with mature shrubs and trees/woodland, mainly on heavy clay. Improved over last 5 years with shrubs, herbaceous perennials, summer, shade and damp borders, a small meadow, sunken garden, plus produce such as fruit, vegetables and herbs. Limited parking. Access to certain parts limited due to slopes and steps. Great views of the Swale. Tea, coffee, cordial & cakes available by request. Plants & seeds for sale.
3. One Holly Tree Cottages, Staplestreet. Michael & Beverly Woods
Open 12 noon till 6pm. A garden of 3/4 acre, which includes vegetable plots, mixed borders, island beds and an orchard area, with wide views of surrounding countryside.
4. Four Staplestreet, ME13 9UD. Sarah Morgan
‘The garden was originally set out 20 years ago and this year it is undergoing a bit of an overhaul to bring back some of the neglected shrubs and to replant the aftermath of enthusiastic chickens and labrador. You will undoubtedly arrive to unfinished business, but are welcome to ask questions about the vision, pruning and be tempted to buy some plants. Children (and adults!) will be instructed on how to make, fill and sow paper pots and there will be squash available for the children.
5. Church Oast, Hernhill. ME13 9JR Jill Geliot
Open from 1pm till 6pm
A half-acre garden developed from an orchard plot over the last 25 years. Designed to produce colour all the year and to provide little spots to sit and contemplate the plants, butterflies and birds. Wheelchair access to all parts. Tea, coffee & cakes, plants & produce for sale. Children’s activities.
6. One St Michaels Cottages, ME13 9JU. John Sim
A small flower garden to attract bees and butterflies plus a few vegetables.
7. The Red Lion Pub and Garden, ME139JR
A picturesque 14th Century pub situated on the village green of Hernhill. Surrounded in history the pub dates back to the 1300’s and still contains many original features. The pub offers a selection of traditional English food alongside the frequently changing seasonal specials. The front of the pub with planters and seating overlooks the village green and church. Behind the pub is the well established large garden which also has a large play area for the children.
8. Woodfield, ME13 9JJ. Joy Pritchard
Teas, coffees, and biscuits from 11am till 1pm. Small informal garden with lovely views across pasture land to the village of Hernhill and the Church. Mature shrubs, beds and borders filled with bright bursts of colour. Park at the Village Hall. Garden is fully accessible. Rabbit themed activity for children. Coffee and biscuits available from 11am to 1pm. Homemade marmalade and chutney for sale.
9. Five Jack Bailey Row, Kays Lane, ME13 9HN. Sylvia & Brian Phillpott
Front garden intensively planted with shrubs, roses, climbers and many other small plants. Sheltered Seating area at the side of the bungalow with more containers. Through the gate into a small back garden paved on two levels, as both family members have walking disabilities. On the right, by the small greenhouse is a very narrow strip, “The Nursery” with fruit bushes and vegetables in containers. Please mind the steps! On the left is another seating area by the two sheds with a flower border, along the fence with climbing roses and clematis facing out over a meadow with clear views of the Village Hall and Playing Field. Low maintenance garden with patio area and various vegetables and soft fruit in raised beds with runner beans and peas in pots.
10. Hernhill Allotments, Kays Lane, Hernhill
After a 20 or so year gap, Hernhill village allotments are back! The land for the new location has kindly been rented to the parish council by Sandys Dawes and has enabled 11 budding allotmenteers to get digging and growing. The ground was broken over the Easter weekend of 2013 with Ian Machin kindly subsoiling and harrowing the land. From that point on it was all systems go to get each individual plot up and running. Rabbit fencing followed soon after and has been keeping the rabbits out ever since! The first year of having an allotment was a daunting challenge but everyone is working really hard and we are all hoping for bumper crops!
11. The Coach House, Kemsdale. ME13 9JP Alison and Philip West.
A half acre garden which has views over surrounding fruit producing farm land. A sloping terraced site with island beds planted with year round interest. A pond room, herbaceous borders containing bulbs shrubs and perennials. A developing tropical bed. The different areas are connected by flowing curved paths. Unusual planting on light sandy soil where wildlife is encouraged. Plenty of seating around the garden. This year due to increased mole activity the lawn is very uneven and patchy so take care when walking round! Plants for sale.
12. The Bonsai Nursery, 120 Dargate Rd, Yorkletts CT5 3AG Elizabeth Pierce
The largest and most comprehensive bonsai nursery in Kent and the South East, established 25 years ago. The nursery and garden are set in 2 acres with magnificent views over the Swale Estuary.