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LULLINGSTONE CASTLE & THE WORLD GARDEN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Lullingstone Castle
Lullingstone Park
Eynsford
Dartford
DA4 0JA

2 acres

Tel
01322 862114

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Opening Hours

Thur–Sun & BH Mon, 11am–5pm, 1 Apr–30 Oct (except Good Friday).

Admission

Non-member adult £9.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Colour themed borders
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Herbaceous border
  • Japanese garden
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • National Plant Collections
  • Pond or lake
  • Prairie/naturalistic planting
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Mr Tom Hart Dyke

The World Garden is located within a two-acre, 18th-century Walled Garden in the beautiful grounds of Lullingstone Castle, where heritage meets cutting-edge horticulture. The garden is laid out in the shape of a miniature map of the world representing North & South America, Africa, Europe, Asia & Australasia – with thousands of varieties of plants showcased phytogeographically planted in their respective countries of origin.

The botanical diversity in The World Garden is extremely varied and includes:

  • Marsh orchids and double coconut-smelling gorse in a springtime United Kingdom
  • Evergreen foliage of the National Plant Collection of Eucalyptus, coupled with a sandy coloured Uluru (Ayers Rock)
  • Red hot pokers of South Africa standing with a shimmering metal Baobab sculpture
  • Rustling foliage of black bamboo contrasting with the glistening white bark of Himalayan birch
  • Structural Mexican agaves, dasylirions and yuccas combined in mid-summer with salvias, dahlias and sunflowers in North America
  • Pampas grass, Verbena bonariensis and the Vindaloo shrub thriving in South America.
On average 80% of what is growing in your garden isn’t originally from this country. At The World Garden, we celebrate plant hunters past and present who introduced a plethora of botanical treasures from all over the world to our shores, including Britain’s richly diverse plant heritage.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Asters
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Hellebores
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.