I first visited Lullingstone Castle in Autumn 2007 after watching the television programmes about the creation of the World Garden. I really enjoyed my visit and knew that next time I was down that way I would want to visit again. Well its taken until now to actually realise that hope. My companion for the weekend had not visited before but was happy to take my recommendation and so we set off continuing our winding journey further south.
The story of its creation and its creator are extraordinary and whilst you do not need to know it to like the garden, it is well worth finding out about.
In short what you do need to know that the walled garden at Lullingstone Castle is called The World Garden. It is comprised of beds made in the shapes of continents and each bed features plants from that area. The beds are not to scale but more in line with the amount of plants and how interesting the creator Tom Hart Dyke, finds the plants from that continent.
There is more to Lullingstone than just the World Garden, it is worth a longer wander.
and the foil to all this....
and I bought a plant, the first of the weekend.
We enjoyed our visit hugely. We left to wend further southwards, sadly not to another windmill but to a hotel that did not serve food on a Sunday evening. Thankfully we were pre-warned and found somewhere near by. The weather had been fantastic so far on this weekend and we were looking forward to our final day hugely.
Episode one: Beth Chatto
Episode two: Ulting Wick
Episode four: Great Dixter