Sevenoaks Weald, Kent

Long Barn

WHEN: Thursday 28 May, 11am-3pm
WHAT: Tour of the private estate garden created by Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville-West
WHERE: Sevenoaks Weald, Kent
PRICE: £45


UPDATE: THE EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please send an email to Paula Sargeant at Perennial.

A private estate garden, nestled in the glorious Kent countryside, which is thought to date from the mid-14th century.

However the stunning gardens you’ll see were created by diplomat Harold Nicholson and his wife, the writer Vita Sackville-West, and begun in 1915.

This was the trial ground for ideas and developments that shaped the classic English garden style. The results make for a wonderful visit.

Long Barn very rarely opens to the public and we are delighted that the Lemonius family are supporting Perennial by opening their garden for us.

You will be escorted by garden history expert Stephen Harmer. The mainly southern facing gardens are dressed with parallel ragstone walled terraces, York paving, brick paths and box-edged gardens.

There are grassed areas on different levels, secret gardens, box parterres, small formal ponds, hornbeam avenues, rose arbours, a classical grove and on the edge of the main lawn a series of stately Irish yews giving form and formality to this area. Fastigiate oaks make a handsome avenue of trees leading down to the lower pond.

From the highest levels of the garden there are far-reaching views over the adjoining fields and the Weald beyond. We will discover wild orchids in the orchard.

Down at the lower level of the garden and adjoining the kitchen garden, Sir Edwin Lutyens, a friend of Vita’s mother, is thought to have had a hand in the design of the Dutch garden.


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