I took part in the Big Kent Weekend again this year, and we won tickets to the National Trust’s Emmetts Garden. The Big Kent Weekend happens every year, it’s about helping people in Kent find great places to visit and increasing tourism in the county.
Our tickets were for Saturday the 12 of March. The day was rather foggy to start, so we delayed leaving home for an hour to let it clear a bit before we went. Eventually it turned into a nice sunny day, quite warm too, though fog could still be seen in the distance.
We were greeted as soon as we walked into the visitor reception building. We were handed a map of the gardens and given instructions to get started. Emmetts garden is an Edwardian estate that contains rose and rock gardens, an alpine garden, wild flower meadow, tulips, daffodils, and bluebell woodland. There are also play areas, and a tea room; with toilets, and indoor & outdoor seating.
The gardens are very pretty, I imagine the view is great when it’s not so foggy, and I really enjoyed the woodland walk. If you are thinking of visiting be sure to wear suitable shoes, walking boots would be best I should think.
We were visiting a bit early in the year to see the bluebells, but I could tell from the blanket of bluebell shoots that soon the woodland will be a sea of blue! We were also early for the tulips and the meadow, but we enjoyed our trip regardless. The walk was lovely, the birds were singing, the trees were budding, and some were in blossom. There were lots of flowers to look at, and landscaping to admire.
The gift shop had some lovely things for the garden; ornaments and decorative things, and some plants like those found in the gardens, plus mugs, rugs, hats, gloves, and more.
I’d recommend Emmetts garden, and I would echo what they say in the visitor reception; visit at different times of year to see the seasonal changes. I am looking forward to going back and seeing the bluebell wood, and the meadow.
There are more photos in my Emmetts Garden album on Flickr HERE