Hever Castle wins ‘Garden of the Year’ award

Hever Castle. Credit: Peter Scholey/Alamy
Hever Castle. Credit: Peter Scholey/Alamy

The gorgeous gardens of Hever Castle in Kent have been voted ‘Garden of the Year’ by Britain in Bloom…

Hever Castle. Credit: Peter Scholey/Alamy
Hever Castle. Credit: Peter Scholey/Alamy

The county of Kent is known as the Garden of England because of its stunning gardens, manicured lawns and fruitful orchards and Anne Boleyn’s childhood home, Hever Castle has helped to cement this title with its recent award.

The Garden of the Year award for the South & South East region in the Britain in Bloom competition is a prestigious gong that celebrates the best gardens around Britain.

The Head Gardener, Neil Miller, and his passionate team of gardeners keep the gardens at the iconic double-moated Hever Castle immaculate all year round are thrilled with the news.

The castle’s gardens beat off stiff competition with its ‘manicured lawns, closely mown and home to some beautiful majestic trees that occupy the skyline’.

Judges also noted the ‘formal gardens where water features, colourful bedding displays, Italian sculptures, Mediterranean style planting, carpet bedding, topiary and over four thousand different roses, typical of the quintessential English garden are found’.

Chief Executive of the castle, Duncan Leslie, said: “We are delighted that the hard endeavours of the gardening team have been recognised. Hopefully this prestigious award will make more people aware that we have one of the finest and most important gardens in the ‘Garden of England.”

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