Francine Raymond's Top 3 gardens in Kent, Surrey and Sussex


We ask Francine Raymond, garden writer for the Sunday Telegraph to name her three favourite gardens in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

♦ Gravetye Manor, West Hoathly, Sussex Tom Coward's interpretation of William Robinson's garden, is especially lovely in late summer, with a wonderful oval kitchen garden. This is a mature, charming and very beautiful garden. The specimen trees and masses of naturalised bulbs show Robinson's genius in a way only he could have imagined over 100 years ago. www.gravetyemanor.co.uk

♦ The Abbey Physic Community Garden, Faversham, Kent A little-known garden, Abbey Physic Community Garden is like a secure oasis, walled and intimate, where people's problems can be soothed. The emphasis here is on wildlife and productive gardening in an historic setting. The garden brings people together. www.abbeyphysiccommunitygarden.org/

♦ Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex It would be impossible to think of great gardens in the southeast and not think of Great Dixter and its constantly changing kaleidoscope of colour and texture. It always re-energizes and makes you re-think your gardening tenets.

Francine and her fellow Whitstable gardeners open their gardens for the NGS on 12 June. www.kitchen-garden-hens.co.uk