About the garden
Viscount De L'Isle
The historic walled gardens are the jewel in the crown of Penshurst Place; with records dating back to 1346, they provide a superb example of Elizabethan garden design. Visitors to the gardens will find 11 acres of garden 'rooms' providing a variety of form, foliage and bloom throughout the year.
Garden highlights include the 100m peony border that blooms in late May, providing a spectacular array of pinks and fuchsias for the early summer. The Orchard and restored Rose Garden are also not to be missed, showing a variety of plant life and colour throughout the season. Be sure to stop and admire the Blue and Yellow Border, featuring two varieties of iris; Iris 'Penshurst Blue' and Iris 'Penshurst Yellow', specially bred for Penshurst Place by Olga Wells from the Kent Iris Society.
Other fantastic garden rooms to see during a visit include the Grey and White Garden, the magnificent Italian Garden with its large central fountain, the Magnolia Garden and the Union Jack Flag Garden.
Surrounding the historic buildings of Penshurst Place, which date back to 1341, visitors will find a variety of manicured lawns, ancient trees and shady spots for quiet rest and relaxation. Away from the formal gardens is the ancient historic parkland of the Penshurst Place estate, which features a rich mix of landscapes, habitats and wildlife.
There are two self-guided walking trails available that take in the beautiful village of Penshurst, and a local bicycle route that leads cyclists to central Tonbridge.