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Broadview Gardens, Tonbridge, Kent
February 22, 2014 : 12:00 pm – 3:30 pmFree
Broadview Gardens is a unique garden originally designed and maintained as a teaching resource for students at Hadlow College, now open to the public. Winter in the garden can be as delightful and interesting as any time, with the low sun on the red, yellow and orange stem colours and the peeling bark of many trees hidden during the summer months by the leaves. Shrubs, grasses and the dried heads of herbaceous plants carry the garden through to late January when early bulbs and hellebores create a carpet of colour.
Broadview is holder of the National Collection of Hellebores; visitors can see a number of different named varieties of H. orientalis hybridus as well as a large number of un-named seedlings. Members will be given a guided tour around the collection by Guild member Philip Oostenbrink and also a behind the scenes look at the nursery and where the new hybrids are raised.
There is a café on site for members who wish to purchase lunch before the tour and also tea and cake before the journey home.
Arrival time is from 12 noon if you need to purchase lunch (self pay) – visit starts at 1.00pm.
12.00 Arrive if you require to purchase lunch
13.00 Tour of the gardens with Philip Oostenbrink
15.00 Tea and cake in café (to be purchased)
Cost and booking
No admission charge.
There is no charge for this visit but members must book in the usual way so we know how many are attending. To book please contact Colin Roberts, 1 Garden Cottage, Adwell, Thame, Oxon. OX9 7DH by 15th February 2014.
NB If the visit has to be cancelled because of bad winter weather members will be notified by email, so please include your correct email address when booking.
To book online please send an email to Colin Roberts with your details by 15th February 2014.
Broadview Gardens is located at Hadlow College, Tonbridge Road, Hadlow, Kent. TN11 0AL, on the A26 north east of Tonbridge.