Monday 13 May 2013, 2.00pm
Sandling Park, Sandling, Nr Hythe
This event is for members only and must be pre-booked.
Full details and booking form are in the Spring Newsletter.
We have organised a special visit for Kent Group members to Sandling Park where Prunella Scarlett and Michael Warren, the Head Gardener, will guide us round the grounds. Sandling Park is a Grade II Heritage woodland garden, with fine collections of rare trees, rhododendrons, camellias, magnolias, azaleas, primulas and other woodland plants and wildflowers that have been cultivated by the Hardy family for over 100 years. The present garden and lawns were largely constructed by Lawrence Hardy when he moved to Sandling in 1897 and have now grown into a magnificent 25-acre woodland garden with mile long winding paths.
There has been considerable replanting following the loss of more than 200 mature trees during the 1987 storm, with many rare species being donated from across the country. It was several years before the garden was reopened to the public. An area that has been recently reopened following replanting is “The Mound”.This artificial feature was constructed when the railway was originally built and was constructed to protect the old house from the works site and noise of the steam trains.