Bluebell Heaven at Hole Park Gardens in Kent
The beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent will open to visitors every day from Saturday 1 April 2017 to Saturday 10 June 2017 from 11am to 6pm. Visitors at this time of year can enjoy everyone’s favourites including bluebells, camellia, magnolia, wisteria and rhododendrons. Hole Park’s website will feature a bluebell barometer to indicate when the bluebells are in flower.
In spring visitors can take the network of circular paths round the formal gardens and beautiful wild flower meadows into ‘Pine Walk’ with its impressive display of mature rhododendrons and azaleas. Also on ‘Pine Walk’ is a new wooden sculpture of 3 bears climbing an oak tree called the ‘Honey Pot’! Continue on and the path enters ‘Bluebell Wood’ and ‘Garlic Valley’. A circular walk through the bluebells also takes visitors past a renovated ice house and into the shimming haze of ‘Garlic Valley’.
The gardens at Hole Park are planted for year round colour and Head Gardener Quentin Stark gives an insight into what’s new in the gardens this year. “The long border, which was originally designed by Christopher Lloyd, will be replanted as a herbaceous border with varieties of Astrantia, campanula, delphiniums, kniphofia, lupins, salvia and roses. The border will be close to Christopher Lloyd's original colour scheme of pinks and blues. A new pathway and a number of benches will also be added here.
“Work is also well underway redesigning the egg pond which will feature a large patio, new hedges, a path completely around the pond and a jetty out across the pond.
“The pleached hedge across the front of the millennium garden and the border will be replanted with a cottage garden feel and last year’s Heather garden border will come into its own this year with Cornus 'Anny's Winter Orange', Leucothoë, Helleborus niger, Bergenia 'Dragonfly', Erica's, Carex comas and Hamamelis x intermedia 'Frederick'.”
A circular network of hard paths will enable visitors, including those in wheelchairs, to explore the gardens. Wheelchairs may be reserved free of charge and there are full disability WC facilities.
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 Hole Park Estate can be purchased. There is also a small plant stall next to the coach house. A dedicated tea room is available for groups. There is free parking for cars and coaches and conducted tours can also be arranged for groups by prior arrangement.
Admission: £7.00 for adults and £1 for children. The gardens are open 11am to 6pm.
Hole Park is situated 4 miles west of Tenterden on the B2086 between Rolvenden and Benenden.
Saturday 1st April – Saturday 10th June 2017 – Open daily
(Including renowned bluebell season)
14th June to 31st October 2017 – Wednesdays & Thursdays
1st, 8th, 15th 22nd & 29th October 2017
All other times by appointment
WEDDINGS AND FUNCTIONS
Hole Park Gardens and the Great Barn Hole Park Gardens provide the most magnificent setting for private and corporate events, including weddings, and are available for exclusive private hire on a limited number of occasions each year.