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Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks

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Emmetts Garden is an Edwardian estate located at Ide Hill, near Sevenoaks in Kent, UK. It is now owned by the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty (National Trust).HistoryEmmetts Garden was open farmland until 1860 when the present house was built. The name 'emmett' is a local word for ant and refers to the giant anthills that covered the area until the 1950s. The house and land was purchased in 1890 by Frederic Lubbock, a banker and passionate plantsman. Lubbock's elder brother was John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, coincidentally a world expert on ants, which may have influenced his decision to purchase the property.The gardens were initially laid out between 1893 and 1895 under the influence of Lubbock's friend William Robinson in the fashionable Edwardian style popularised by Gertrude Jekyll. The shrub garden was added later in 1900-1908.After Lubbock's death (1927), the estate was acquired by an American geologist Charles Watson Boise. He made various alterations to both house and garden but retained the original character of the gardens.In 1964 Charles Boise bequeathed Emmetts to the National Trust. Since then the Trust has sought to maintain the botanical diversity of the garden developed by the two men.Many of the old trees and shrubs planted by Lubbock were brought down in the Great Storm of 1987. Following the storm, which had the benefit of bringing more light to the gardens, the National Trust has undertaken a sympathetic replanting programme.
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  • Even though all the bluebells weren't out there was still plenty of colours about. Sadly the kids were bored so our stay was shortened, tranquil views across the hills  more »
  • Lovely gardens, immaculate and great fun for the children in the den building area. Had a lovely day in the sunshine, took a picnic and the children enjoyed the easter egg hunt.  more »
  • It helps to have the weather on your side (23C today) and to arrive early to enjoy these magnificent native - dare I say - Brexit Bluebells. Hyacinthoides non-scripta. They have a beautiful colour and...  more »
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  • Well kept garden on hillside. Lovely views on a clear day. National Trust site. Tea rooms offering hot food and sandwiches. Woodland walks and photo opportunities for those interested. Activities for children/families but check website.
  • A beautiful garden and a lovely walk. I would guess it's fuller with more plant life in spring, but it's still colourful in the Autumn/Winter
  • Very nice gardens, massively undersold by the National Trust on their App. The Tea Room is a converted stable with indoor and outdoor seating. The gardens are wonderful for adults, but good also for children who can play with old fashioned wooden toys outdoors provided by the Trust
  • Wonderful wholesome family day out. During the summer there is a Winnie the Pooh trail that kept out two kids (both under 6) thoroughly entertained. Like all National Trust venues expect wonderful friendly service and a natural play area.
  • Plenty of open space, even on a busy day it didn't feel packed. Kids loved the Halloween pumpkin trail which was great value.