Kent’s overture to spring: Camellias, Magnolias and Views
Spring is ideal time to take to Kent’s footpaths with a NGS garden (National Gardens Scheme) as a destination. This season 130 gardens open their gates on specific days and many will open just for you and your walking group if you ring up first. (phone numbers in the Kent booklet or on http://ngs.org.uk/gardens/gardens-by-county/visit-kent-gardens.aspx)
In March and April we have 53 garden openings. You might walk to Hole Park, Rolvenden on 22 March or through the woodland to Knole in Sevenoaks on 21 April. This is the season for daffodils, bluebells, camellias and magnolias.
Later in the season there are more treats to come. Some gardens are very near long distance trails. For example, Knowle Hill House with its wonderful views, (open 4 July and 2 Aug) is not far from the Greensand Way in Ulcombe. The High Weald Landscape Walk goes right past the gates of Townland near Tenterden, open 14 June and 19 July. NGS gardens are famous for home-made cakes and tea: perfect for a ramblers’ rest.
For more information check the NGS Garden Finder on ngs.org.uk, or download the Garden Finder App. http://ngs.org.uk/gardens/gardens-by-county/visit-kent-gardens.aspx
If you would like help with ideas for gardens that open by arrangement for groups, contact email@example.com