New long border at Hole Park Gardens

The beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent are now open on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.

One of the Seven Wonders of the Weald, these award winning gardens have plenty to offer visitors this summer including a chance to see the stunning newly renovated long herbaceous border which is now in full bloom. Work started last year replanting one half of the border in the original pink and blue planting scheme, first used by the late Christopher Lloyd when he first designed the border at Hole Park. Over winter the remainder of the border was replanted using the original colour scheme of yellow and white.

Other areas of the gardens which will impress visitors at this time of year include the vivid colours found in the exotic border and the impressive large flowers of the late flowering agapanthus ‘Hole Park Blue’ which are unique to Hole Park.

A circular network of hard paths enables visitors of all ages, including those who require a wheelchair, to enjoy the gardens. Wheelchairs may be reserved free of charge and there are full disability WC facilities.

The next major event at Hole Park will be the Napoleonic Re-enactment Weekend on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September which welcomes back the Napoleonic Association for a fun weekend of living history. Battle commences on Saturday with battles and skirmishes during the morning and afternoon. Tours of the camps are available and you can wander through them at your leisure and talk to the actors, who are all in genuine Napoleonic kit.

Light lunches and delicious homemade cakes are available in the coach house where apple juice, local beer and homemade jam and honey produced from the fruit and bees on the Hole Park Estate can be purchased. There is also a small plant stall next to the coach house.

There is a dedicated tea room for groups, free parking for cars and coaches and conducted tours can also be arranged for groups by prior arrangement.

Admission: £7.50 for adults and £1 for children (5 to 18).

The gardens are open from 11 am to 6 pm.

More information at www.holepark.com

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