My Favourite Botanical Beauties

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Betty Jeffrey

My Favourite Botanical Beauties

We live in Kent in the South East of England and there are so many beautiful places to visit in this area! These are my top picks of the perfect places to go on a day out if you're a nature lover like myself!

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Image - Pashley Manor Gardens
Pashley Manor Gardens
Betty:Located in Wadhurst, Pashley Manor is known as one of the 'finest gardens in England' and we come here every year for their Dahlia Days festival showcasing the most stunning dahlias! Check out their website for special events which are held each year!
Image - The Hop Shop
The Hop Shop
Betty:The Hop Shop which is in Sevenoaks is a family run farm which offers tours around its beautiful lavender fields and has a farm shop with everything lavendar based! The fields look the most spectacular from late June to late July before the harvesting.
Image - Wakehurst
Betty:Wakehurst showcases a wild botanic garden, and is home to the Millennium Seed Bank (The worlds largest seed conservation project in the world) and has over 500 acres of land with a nature reserve and woodlands in the heart of Sussex!
Image - National Trust - Knole
National Trust - Knole
Betty:Knole park, in Sevenoaks is a National Trust site and has over 1,000 acres of land to explore with over 350 deer. Its the perfect place to go for an afternoon stroll or a picnic in the woods while being surrounded by the deer in their natural habitat. There is also the beautiful Knole house which is ranked in the top 5 of Englands largest houses and is a beautiful building to explore! They also have an outdoor cinema this summer!
Image - National Trust - Ightham Mote
National Trust - Ightham Mote
Betty:Ightham Mote is part of the National Trust and is a 14th century moated-manor house. The house is surrounded by beautiful 14 acres of grounds including a peaceful garden with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland walks.
Image - Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle
Betty:Discover 900 years of history and explore 500 acres of stunning parkland and gardens at Leeds Castle which is based in Maidstone. Each year they hold an event called the Festival of Flowers with an impressive line-up of internationally award winning floral designers who take over the rooms of the Castle. It's one of the most beautiful events with stunning and mesmerising displays of blooms!’s+On/Featured+Events/Festival+of+Flowers/
Image - National Trust - Scotney Castle
National Trust - Scotney Castle
Betty:With over 770 acres to explore, Scotney Castle in Tunbridge Wells is the perfect day out with beautiful gardens overlooked by the fairy tail victorian country mansion. They describe their gardens as a 'landscape painting with drama and romance'
Image - Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Betty:Sissinghurst Castle Gardens is part of the National Trust and is located in Sissinghurst. It is one of the most famous gardens in England and is a designated Grade I on Historic England's register of historic parks and gardens. The gardens on the grounds contain an internationally respected plant collection, particularly in the rose garden. The writer Anne Scott-James considered the roses at Sissinghurst to be "one of the finest collections in the world"
Image - Hever Castle & Gardens
Hever Castle & Gardens
Betty:Hever castle and Gardens in located in a little village called Hever, near Edenbridge. The castle was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn with award-winning gardens with 125 acres of stunning land. You can take a walk around the 38 acre lake and take a stroll around the Tudor Garden before grabbing a slice of cake in the tea room!
Image - Goodnestone Park Gardens
Goodnestone Park Gardens
Betty:Goodnestone Park Gardens, located in Dover is a peaceful and romantic garden with connections to Jane Austen. With 14 acres of gardens they hold events including an outdoor theatre, opera and concerts from classical to jazz and rock!
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  1. Pashley Manor Gardens
  2. The Hop Shop
  3. Wakehurst
  4. National Trust - Knole
  5. National Trust - Ightham Mote
  6. Leeds Castle
  7. National Trust - Scotney Castle
  8. Sissinghurst Castle Garden
  9. Hever Castle & Gardens
  10. Goodnestone Park Gardens
  11. Simply Garden
  12. Notcutts Tunbridge Wells

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