Sevenoaks, Weald

Long Barn – NOW SOLD OUT

WHEN: Tuesday 19 June, 11.00am - 3.00pm
WHAT: Light lunch & talk included
WHERE: Sevenoaks, Weald
PRICE: £65


This event is currently SOLD OUT. Please contact Maya Albert, Events Assistant, if you would like to be added to the waiting list: 01372 384 043 /

We welcome you to a glorious private estate nestled in the spectacular Kent countryside and thought to date from the mid-fourteenth century.

This picturesque garden was created by diplomat Harold Nicolson and his wife, the writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West, and begun in 1915. This was the trial ground for ideas and developments that shaped Sissinghurst and the classic English garden style. The results make for a wonderful visit.

Long Barn very rarely opens to the public and we are delighted that the Lemonius family are supporting Perennial by opening their garden for us.

The mainly southern-facing gardens are dressed with parallel ragstone walled terraces, York paving, brick paths and box-edged gardens.

There are grassed areas on different levels, secret gardens, box parterres, small formal ponds, hornbeam avenues, rose arbours, a classical grove and on the edge of the main lawn, a series of stately

Irish yews giving form and formality to this area. Fastigiate oaks make a handsome avenue of trees leading down to the lower pond.

From the highest levels of the garden there are far-reaching views over the adjoining fields and the Weald beyond. We will discover wild orchids in the orchard.

Down at the lower level of the garden and adjoining the kitchen garden, Sir Edwin Lutyens, a friend of Vita’s mother, is thought to have had a hand in the design of the Dutch garden.

Our group will be escorted by garden history expert Stephen Harmer, who will also give an interesting talk on Vita’s life.

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