Open Gardens

Open Gardens 2016

Hernhill Open Gardens will be on Sunday 12th June 2016. This event is in support of the Hernhill Horticultural Society and the DCA. Violet and Shane Croll are very kindly organising the event which is always such a treasure every year.

Programs will be available from the following places from Tuesday the 17th of May:

The Red Lion, Hernhill
The Three Horseshoes, Staple Street
The White Horse and the Post Office/Oak Garage, Boughton High Steet


The opening gardens are:

1 Church Oast, Hernhill, ME13 9JR (Jill Geliot)
Open from 12pm till 6pm

A half-acre garden developed from an orchard plot over the last 25 years. Designed to produce colour all the year and to provide little spots to sit and contemplate the plants, butterflies and birds. Wheelchair access to all parts.

Tea, coffee & cakes, plants & produce for sale. Children’s activities.


2 Woodfield, Hernhill, ME13 9.. (Joy Pritchard)

Small informal garden with lovely views across pasture land to the village of Hernhill and the Church. Mature shrubs, beds and borders filled with bright bursts of colour. Park at the Village Hall. Garden is fully accessible.

Homemade marmalade and chutney for sale.


3 Jack Bailey Row, Kays Lane, Hernhill, ME13 9HN (Sylvia and Brian Philpott)

No. 5. Small Front garden intensively planted with shrubs, roses, climbers, fuchsias and many other small plants. A sheltered seating area at the side of the bungalow shared with No. 4, with more container plants. Through the gate into a small sheltered and private back garden paved on two levels, as both family members have walking disabilities. On the right, by the small greenhouse is a very narrow strip, “The Nursery” with fruit bushes and vegetables in containers. Please mind the steps!

On the left are two sheds with a small water feature and a narrow flower border, along the fence with climbing roses and clematis facing out over a meadow with clear views of the Village Hall and Playing Field. A tall dividing fence between Nos. 5 and 6 planted with climbers. This is a low maintenance garden with patio area. Strawberries and raspberries in a brick built raised bed and some potatoes, runner beans, tomatoes and peas in bags and pots.


4 2 Mount Pleasant Cottage, Kays Lane, Hernhill, ME13 9.. (Matt and Dee)

A newly redesigned small garden with mixed cottage style planting and separate area for the chickens, some of which are good at escaping into the rest of the garden.


5 Hernhill Allotments, Kays Lane, Hernhill, ME13 9..

(off Kays Lane where there are 2 field gates opposite each other)

After a 20 or so year gap, Hernhill village allotments are back! The land for the new location was kindly rented to the parish council by Sandys Dawes enabling 11 budding allotmenteers to get digging and growing. The ground was broken over the Easter weekend of 2013 with Ian Machin kindly subsoiling and harrowing the land. From that point on it was all systems go to get each individual plot up and running. Rabbit fencing followed soon after and has been keeping the rabbits out, just ever since! The first year of having an allotment was a daunting challenge but everyone is working really hard and we are all hoping for bumper crops!

6 The Coach House, Kemsdale Road, ME13 9JP (Alison and Philip West)

A half acre garden which has views over surrounding fruit producing farm land. A sloping terraced site with island beds planted with year round interest. A pond room, herbaceous borders containing bulbs shrubs and perennials. A developing tropical bed. The different areas are connected by flowing curved paths. Unusual planting on light sandy soil where wildlife is encouraged. Plenty of seating around the garden. This year due to increased mole activity the lawn is very uneven and patchy so take care when walking round!
Plants for sale.


7 Holly Tree cottages, Staplestreet, ME13 9.. (Michael and Beverly Woods)

(behind the 3 horseshoes public house)

A garden of 3/4 acre, which includes vegetable plots, mixed borders, island beds and an orchard area, with wide views of surrounding countryside.


8 Staple Street, Hernhill, ME13 9UD (Sarah Morgan)

(semi-detached Victorian brick cottage with green door, 50 metres West of Three Horseshoes Pub)

A small secluded South-facing cottage garden with mature boundaries of mixed planting for wildlife. A range of habitats extend the variety of plant combinations. As a trained Designer / Horticulturalist, Sarah is offering visitors a free 10 minute garden and plant consultation to anyone who wants to ask questions about their own garden (please bring your garden photos to help). Plants for sale. Plant quiz with prize.


9 Forge Farmhouse, Staplestreet, Hernhill, ME13 9UD (Crispin and Angela Whiting)

(on the junction of Church Hill with Staplestreet, 30 feet from the Three Horseshoes).

After 30 years of semi-controlled chaos and borders and beds which grew as they wished, it’s all change at this garden. Following a house extension last year it’s back to a semi-blank canvas, with a bit more brick, a lot more lawn, and a tad more formality, imposed rather than sought. With the replanting only just starting, there will be borders, with sweet peas and roses and a heady whiff of cottage garden just around the corner. The wildlife pond is now replenished with rainwater from the new roofs, piped beneath the lawn. Come and enjoy the beginning of a new era…

10 Crockham Farm Cottage, Crockham Lane, ME13 9LB (Doreen and Brian Jelfs)

(From Hernhill Village Green, in front of the Red Lion pub, take Crockham Lane, down towards the distant hill. After a sharp right hand bend park by the large black barn.)

The cottage garden includes a one acre wild flower meadow with fruit trees. There are 2 small garden ponds, a new stumpery and a veg patch with compost heaps and soft fruit. Access is on narrow paths of pebbles and wood chips with seating around the garden to sit, relax and absorb “the spirit of the place”

continue along Thread Lane, across Dawes Road and into Stoney Road

11 Highwood, 49 Stoney Road, Dunkirk, ME13 9TN (Dan and Steve)

Garden with views to the Isle of Sheppey, on sloping site divided into separate areas. A work in progress since moving here less than 2 years ago, we have made many changes opening up the garden, replanting and putting our own stamp on it. 2 patios overlook a pond and waterfall. Lawned area with mixed herbaceous borders containing bulbs, shrubs and perennials, alongside tropical borders. Vegetable and fruit beds, chickens and a fire pit. There is plenty of seating around to enjoy the different areas/ views. We really enjoy our garden and hope you do too.


12 Avalon, 57 Stoney Road, Dunkirk, ME13 9TN (Violet and Shane Croll)

(either follow Staplestreet, turn into Dawes Road, 1st right into Stoney Road, or from Thread Lane, cross Dawes Road into Stoney Road and follow to the end)

An informal 1/2 acre garden for all seasons with mature shrubs and trees/woodland, mainly heavy clay on a NW facing slope. Improved over last 6 years with trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, summer, shade and damp borders, a small meadow, sunken garden, plus produce such as fruit, vegetables and herbs. Plenty of seating for taking in the garden and views. Limited parking. Access to certain parts via slopes and steps. Great views of the Swale, Thames estuary and Essex on a good day.

Tea, coffee, cordial & cakes available by request. Plants for sale. Children activities.


13 The Bounds,Staplestreet ME13 9TX (Heather and Henry Bryant)

This garden is about ¾ of an acre of mainly lawns with some very spectacular mature trees. There is a terrace with a fishpond bordered by Dahlias and a herbaceous border. The site of glasshouses in the early 1900’s is now a vegetable patch, and the tennis court area is used for ‘friendly’ croquet. The fine views, fresh young trees and songbirds all add to creating a peaceful retreat.

14 Bessborough Farm, Fostall ME13 9JG (Kevin Kay)

Situated at Bessborough farm in Fostall the garden was originally a pig sty and is split level. It is planted with a mixture of shrubs, perennials with a few mature trees.
It is south facing and over the years I have collected a pot or two which are mostly filled with summer bedding.

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