We recently visited Marle Place Gardens.
These are situated in Brenchley, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.
Marle Place is a privately owned garden, first created in 1890 which features 10 acres of formal planting, plus further less formal areas including an orchard and woodlands.
Situated close to Scotney and Sissinghurst Castles. Marle Place was Winner of the Kent Wildlife Gardens Gold Award in 2009.
The gardens have been beautifully designed as a series of rooms and tree lined avenues. These are all set on a south east facing slope which flows into woodland.
The planting has been well thought through and when we visited the colours were just amazing.
As their website explains, “In the spring there is a mass of blossom and bulbs, followed in the summer by old-fashioned roses and scented, borders. A dazzling display of autumn colour ends the season.”
There are lots of other features to enjoy including a Victorian Gazebo, Edwardian rockery, and an Italianate Walled Garden.
If you like orchids you’ll love the restored C19th greenhouse which is full of unusual species.
The gardens have also been influenced from around the world including the use of statues and urns, plus a bamboo plantation, a pretty allium pasture and the bog garden with its exotic gunnera.
You can see more about Marle Place including opening times and directions at www.marleplace.co.uk
So if you haven’t been there already put this on your list to visit this summer.