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MERRIMENTS GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Hawkhurst Road
Hurst Green
Hurst Green
TN19 7RA

On A229.

4 acres

Tel
01580 860666

Visit website

Opening Hours

Mon–Sat, 9am–4.30pm; Sun, 10am–4pm; 20 Mar–30 Oct.

Admission

Non-member adult £9.

RHS members

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

National Gardening Scheme dates

17 Aug

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildlife planting and features

About the garden

Owned by
Lucy Cross

Originally started by a local family in 1991, Merriments Gardens grew out of a bare clay field to become four remarkable acres of creative design and striking planting. Deep, sweeping borders imaginatively designed with carefully chosen planting combine colour, form and texture to ensure that each area blends seamlessly into the next to create a satisfying and harmonious whole.     

Designed to inspire visitors through the seasons, spring starts with a palette of crocus and wood anemones underplanted in the Silver Birch Glade and drifts of Camassia in the Grass Meadow, but the real highlight are the bulbs with early Narcissus giving way to swathes of tulips. Developing through the months, the hotter the weather, the more vibrant the perennials’ colours become, finally peaking in the stunning autumn colours of the many trees planted throughout the garden.     

In contrast to the clouds of colour, a certain calm is to be found in the structure and tranquility of the Formal Garden with the soft rustle of grasses and murmuring water of the rill. Other features include foliage borders, a system of ponds with a waterfall and streams, and an Asian-inspired area with a water feature, pond and bridge. 

At the bottom of the south-facing site, opening out into the surrounding countryside, is a wildlife area providing habitats and food for many species complete with bird-hide.

Under new ownership since June 2017, there is a programme of works ongoing to both rejuvenate the gardens and introduce some new features and planting, such as a new palm area, the fernery, seasonal tropical beds and many trees. Specialising in growing unusual perennials in our own nursery, much of the planting seen in the gardens is propagated and grown on site and is available to purchase in the retail plant centre.   

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Dahlias
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Hostas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants

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.