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Ashburnham Place & Penshurst Place

June 28, 2013

Ashburnham Place, West Sussex - PGG visit
Ashburnham Place
Penshurst Place and Gardens, Kent
Penshurst Place
On 28th June 2013, the PGG will be visiting both Ashburnham Place in East Sussex and Penshurst Place in Kent. Meeting at 09.30 am for coffee we will start the tour of the garden led by Head Gardener Rhod Jones at 10.00am. After the tour, visitors will be able to wander the gardens on their own.

Ashburnham Place

Ashburnham Place (www.ashburnham.org.uk) is set in a registered grade II* landscape on the “Register of Parks & gardens of special historic interest in England” because of the 18th century landscape designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown.

Attractions include Brown’s landscape, woodland walks around his three lakes, walled kitchen garden and Orangery which houses two of the oldest camellias in the country. There is 19th century Terracing and Bridge by George Dance, Victorian Parterres and Gardenesque gardens. Wild flower meadows border the SSSI woodland which is noted for its rare lichens.

Leaving Ashburnham at about 12.00pm to travel the 30 miles to Penshurst Place. Having had a packed lunch or made use of the Tea Room the tour of the garden will start at 2.00pm led by Head Gardener Cory Furness.

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Penshurst Place and Gardens is a fine English country manor house and gardens, with horticultural records going back seven centuries. The gardens surround the family home of Viscount DeL’Isle, which has at its heart a fine Medieval Baron’s Hall completed in 1341.

The gardens at Penshurst Place (www.penshurstplace.com/thegardens) comprise of an 11 acre formal walled garden, divided up by yew hedges into a series of garden ‘rooms’, each with its own style and season. A woodland trail and small arboretum, and various lakes and grade listed parkland make up the public gardens to around 48 acres.

There will be a chance to see the Jubilee Border which was officially opened in June 2012, and the newly re-planted Blue and Yellow Border. If there is interest there may be an opportunity to view the stunning State Rooms of the House for a small fee of £2 depending on the timings of the day.


There will be a small charge for the morning refreshments. Pay for own lunch or bring a packed lunch. Please contact: Graham Alderton, The Garden Cottage, Yotes Court. Mereworth Road, Mereworth, Maidstone, KENT ME18 5JQ. Email: organiser-southern3@pgg.org.uk


June 28, 2013
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Ashburnham Place
Battle East Sussex TN33 9NF United Kingdom