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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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  • Off the beaten track up winding country lanes. Well worth the trip. Wear walking shoes as there are steep climbs with uneven surfaces. Extensive remodelling is being carried out at the moment. The pla...  more »
  • Some of Emmetts gardens are currently being restored but don't let this put you off. Beautiful rock and rose gardens with stunning views and walks through the woodland. You can spend the day in the ar...  more »
  • I visited with the kids on a so so day in May. Having read about the bluebells I sort of thought I knew what to expect. But when you get there and catch them at the right time of year (probably mid-Ap...  more »
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  • I visited Emmetts Garden on 24 April 2017. It looks like a dreamland full of Bluebell as far as you can see. Also a lot of other flowers, shrubs and hundreds of thousands beautiful trees every where. The place is charming and worth to visit and spend time and enjoy it.
  • Amazing gardens and was lucky enough to have a tour by the head gardener so got to hear about its history and plans for the future. Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful National Trust property, really friendly and helpful staff, excellent facilities and lovely scenic walks for all abilities. Definitely a place to keep coming back again and again.
  • Lovely time walking around the gardens. It was clean and tidy and lots to see and they have games and toys you can use free of charge on the grass. It was a lovely sunny day and it was busy, somehow the cafe ran out of clotted cream but still had lots of scones.
  • Great gardens lots of things for children to do and a lovely little cafe

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