Sunday, 24 May 2009

Spring gardens in Surrey

There are two gardens close to each other in Surrey that are well worth visiting on a Wednesday, if you have the time and inclination. I say Wednesday, because as mentioned elsewhere in this is not a regular weekday opener, it's just mid-week from lunchtime, or Sunday - Titsey Place, and the other is Cherkley Court. But if you can get there, do make the effort because it is a lovely property and very much a spectacular garden in the making, so well worth watching. 
Set in the midst of acres of parkland, you wonder at first where you are going, but finally arrive at the property, which is near Westerham in Kent (so you could also combine it with a visit to nearby Squerryes Court - another Wednesday opener, but all three are free to HHA Friends). Once you've parked you can wander through the walled garden which promises to be amazing by the time summer arrives because the borders are in the making and the vegetables and fruit trees are growing.  There's also a lake and a new rose garden and many lovely trees - all add to the feeling of tranquility at Titsey Place (pictured top).

Nearby Cherkley Court (pictured above right) is also well worth visiting and has a spectacular and memorable display of alliums - definitely not to be missed! This is another tranquil property with different garden areas and wonderful new planting - also worth watching as plants mature.

Worth noting too is that both these properties have lovely, spacious and light eating areas with simple food and good service! All the staff and helpers are charming and the gardeners are happy to chat about their work and ongoing plans for the planting and development of the gardens.

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