A stunning garden restored using the original plans and plant lists of Gertrude Jekyll.
South-east of the house is the Formal Garden framed by yew hedging. A pergola covered with roses, aristolochia, jasmine and virginia creeper leads down to the Rose Garden.
Geometric in design, the Rose Garden is planted with peonies, roses and lilies. In late summer, the herbaceous borders are filled with hollyhocks, delphinium, phlox, poppies and campanula followed by dahlias and helianthus.
On the other side of the house is the Wild Garden. Planted with rambling roses, bamboo and walnut, grass paths lead to the pond.
The gardens are open most days of the week from May until July – check the website for details.
The house is still home to the Wallingers.
Gertrude Jekyll was a horticulturist, garden designer, author and talented artist. Her influential garden designs illustrated her understanding of the colour and texture of plants. Jekyll worked on many garden projects with the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
At the age of 65, Gertrude Jekyll was asked to design the garden of Charles Holme, editor of The Studio. Holme was a leading figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement and was one of the founding members of the Japan Society. Holme had moved from William Morris’s house in Bexley to the 15th century manor house in 1906. The following year, Holme commissioned Ernest Newton to enlarge the house.
John and Rosamund Wallinger bought the near-derelict property in 1984. With plans sourced from the Reef Point Collection in California, they began work on restoring the gardens.
The gardens cover four and a half acres, smaller than many of Jekyll’s commissions.