Liz Ridgway's Top 3 gardens in Kent, Surrey and Sussex


We ask Liz Ridgway of Denys & Fielding to name her three favourite gardens in Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Marle Place, Tonbridge, Kent

This garden offers something for every garden lover. Formal gardens, woodland, sculptures, ponds, rockeries, wilder, more naturalistic areas. It's a garden with a really charming character. It is privately owned and not open all the time, so make sure you check their website for opening times before you head out.

Walled Nursery, Hawkhurst, Kent

A sense of escape is exactly what you get when you head to the Walled Nursery. This is a working nursery, but it is also a lovely walled garden. The beds and borders are beautiful and cosy-up and around 13 Victorian glasshouses in which you'll find lovely succulents and the sweet scent of pelargoniums. A shepherd's hut offers tea, coffee and cake which all help to make you feel welcome and relaxed.

Discovery Garden, Rare Breeds Centre, Ashford, Kent

Visiting gardens isn't necessarily easy with children. Discovery Garden offers a neutral ground for garden-loving parents and non-plussed kids. It is a quiet spot in a very lively place with a butterfly tunnel at one end and lots of interesting, child-friendly stuff too, such as a wormery, woodpiles full of bugs and beasties as well as willow tunnels and hideaways. A mix of veggies, herbs and flowers is sustenance for green-fingered parents. I found some great ideas for gardening in a small space and encouraging wildlife into the garden.

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