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Gardens open to help hospice

Tuesday 31st March 2015

A NUMBER of private gardens are opening their doors to the public this summer to raise money for the Heart of Kent Hospice.

The garden of Gallants Manor, in Gallants Lane, East Farleigh, will be open from 11am to 4pm on Monday, May 4.

There is a stunning formal rose garden, a pond with a stream leading into a small lake, spring bulbs , azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese maples, herbaceous and shrub borders as well as extensive lawns, a paved courtyard and superb views of the North Downs.

Refreshments are available, children must be supervised and dogs are welcome. The suggested donation for entry is £5.

The gardens at Arnold Yoke and Inverarnold, both in Back Street, Leeds, will be open from 2pm to 5pm on Monday May 4.

There is limited wheelchair access to both gardens, and assistance dogs are welcome. Refreshments are available and children must be supervised. The suggested donation for both gardens is £5.

Arnold Yoke is a recently redesigned half-acre garden complementing a 15th century Wealden farmhouse (not open). 

Yew hedging and box edging complement exuberant and full planting of shrubs and herbaceous perennials in an attempt to have colour from April to October.

Inverarnold has a  fascinating collection of more than 200 different varieties of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs planted in five acres of former orchards. In spring an abundance of blossom can be enjoyed and in autumn many trees carry colourful fruits and display fine autumn tints.  Four acres of native woodland can also be visited.

Both gardens will reopen from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, September 20.

Mere House in The Street, Mereworth will open its garden, park and ornamental lake from 2pm to 5pm on Monday, May 25.

The extensive lawns and borders are bounded by the 19th century woodland walk and the lake. Over the last 55 years, the Wells family has redesigned the garden in an informal manner, concentrating on ornamental shrubs and trees with an emphasis on foliage contrast.  There are large areas of rough grass where daffodils give way to wild flowers in the summer.

The suggested donation for entrance is £4. There is wheelchair access and refreshments and plants will be on sale. Dogs are welcome.