Westerham’s Hidden Garden Gems
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 1 – 5pm
A walking trail round Westerham’s Hidden Garden Gems. Cream teas and ‘The Swinghearts’ musical entertainment in aid of
The Hospice in the Weald
The route covers much of the town, so you will enjoy an extended afternoon’s stroll round some of Westerham’s quirky and interesting gardens:
For visitors arriving by car, we recommend parking at the Darent Carpark (the first 3 hours are free) and following the map below which you can download and print here:
£10 for garden tour, cream tea and entertainment or
£5 for tea at Churchgate
In advance here, OR pay on the door wherever you start on the trail. Proceeds to Hospice in the Weald, and any extra donations are welcome!
The trail route visits the following gardens:
Once the area behind Westerham’s work house – now a tropical courtyard! Pause a while to remember the souls who have trod before you in this haven of imaginative planting.
A tiny courtyard garden planted for our insect friends, with mixed borders and pots providing nectar over a long season – totally organic and wildlife friendly. And an oasis for humans, too!
Outdoor Village Farley Nursery TN16 1RR
Built in 1937 by Mr Chilman, the set of models includes buildings that no longer exist, such as Elm View Mill.
Trotts Lane Allotments
Venture up to the very end of Buckham Thorns Road to discover a hidden delight – and be sure to check out the mouthwatering kitchen garden behind the house!
A small cottage garden which has evolved from a children’s play and adventure territory, to a tranquil space to wander peacefully and find a corner to sit with a book. Expanding the colour palette, the result of an extra pair of hands recently, contributes to the attraction of this garden of rooms. Like all gardens it continues to grow.
This old Inn’s gardens can tell a tale or two about Westerham’s history – see if you can identify what the holes in the wall were for – or wonder who lies in the unmarked grave the wrong side of the church wall….
Mr Owl and the toadstools welcome visitors on their walk from the carpark up through the churchyard into town.The chainsaw carvings were made by Alasdair Craig at www.sussexchainsaw.com, from a fallen beech on the Squerryes estate. Before you leave the carpark, see if you can spot Mr Otter, who plays along the river bank, and Squirrel Nutkin who invites you to read the noticeboard. Keep checking back in Westerham for the appearance of more friends!
Return to the Darent Car Park close by…..but come back soon!