Our NGS Open Garden days for 2018 are:
Sunday 10th June 2018 between 10.30am & 4.30pm
Sunday 15th July 2018 between 10.30am & 4.30pm
Sunday 9th September 2018 between 10.30am & 4.30pm
Adults £5 Children Free.
Our own apple juice is also for sale.
Rock Cottage is a tranquil 2 acre garden with a surprise around every corner, a series of garden rooms and a mixture of styles. Collections of clematis, rambling roses, wisteria walk, topiary garden, lime avenue, arboretum, meadow, living willow & native hedges, restored pond, fruit orchard, Dahlia bed, Specimen trees & shrubs, Mediterranean garden, Agaves.
We initially developed the garden from a bramble and nettle field triangular plot of approximately 1/8 of an acre to create a cottage garden.
Over the years more land has been purchased which has resulted in a 2-acre plot. Starting from farmland a series of garden rooms have been created to give protection from the wind and height on flat Romney Marsh farmland. Each room has a different gardening style.
Apart from an old Olive Tree in the Mediterranean Garden, every plant and tree in the garden has been planted by us over the last 32 years.
Every year we undertake a new project, last year renovating the natural wildlife pond and over the last winter extending some of the flower beds. The whole garden is a wildlife haven and is full of butterflies throughout spring and summer. The garden has been planted sympathetically in order to encourage wildlife with living Willow and native hedges and pollen filled plants.
We have tried to balance the style of the garden with the formality of the Topiary Garden against the informality of the rambling Roses, Clematis and the late summer exuberance of the Dahlia beds. There is a surprise around every corner.
The gardens have opened under the NGS Open Garden Scheme for the last two years and welcomed over 1000 visitors, raising in excess of £5000 for the NGS nominated charities. In 2018 the garden will be open on three Sundays over the summer.
We produce our own apple juice from the heritage fruit orchard and our hens produce beautiful free-range eggs, which guests staying in the holiday let barn really appreciate.
We find gardening on Romney Marsh very challenging with chilling East winds in the winter and heavy clay soil, which bakes dry in the summer, but that is part of the challenge.
We are in our mid sixties and have recently retired, although we still keep very active. We have had no formal horticultural training but purely a passion for gardening.
In our younger days we visited many gardens and took inspiration from various elements in each garden, which we then incorporated into our own garden. We feel it has been a labour of love.
Although, we wish now that maybe we hadn’t planted so many time-consuming plants that need constant maintenance!
There are lots of photographs of the garden on the website for your perusal and we hope to see you at one of our NGS Open Garden Days.