The World Garden @ Lullingstone Castle
In 2005 Tom Hart Dyke opened his World Garden at his family's historic estate in Kent. His innovative vision of making a garden laid out in the shape of all the countries using pathways as the sea had finally become a reality. Each country's native plants were meticulously researched and sourced, and now flourish in the 2 acre sheltered walled garden that was once a herb garden. The visitor numbers have steadily grown from around 400 people per year to 10,000 and more!
'Hot and Spikey' is now where the old lean-to greenhouse stood, which originally housed the Pineapple bed and the cutting flowers for the house. It's a fully planted polytunnel structure filled with approx. 1500 different varieties of xerophytic plants- cacti and succulents, some reaching the roof and then leads into 'The Moroccan Blue Room' showcasing plants often associated with the Mediterranean such as Palm trees and Bougainvillea. One smaller structure has been named 'Orchis', crammed with Orchids growing on trees and tucked into every crevice alongside many other tender forest delights such as Streptocarpus and Begonias. The main polytunnel is 'The Cloud Garden' featuring plants from warm temperate localities around the world such as New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, SE Asia and South America. They are plants too frost-sensitive to have outside in The World Garden.
Each winter all over the garden, the less hardy plants are carefully lifted and stored in frost free polytunnels and greenhouses. Spring sees them returned gradually to the main garden in an annual cycle that becomes more impressive with each year.
The World Garden Nursery
Running alongside the garden is the World Garden Nursery, dedicated to growing and sourcingthe varieties planted in the garden to sell to the 10,000 visitors per year.
Ivy Hatch Plant Supplies is now the only supplier to the nursery, and we have a strong commitment to providing top quality plants at reasonable prices. We have often visited famous gardens and raced excitedly to the plant sales area only to be disappointed at not finding the plants that are actually planted in the garden. Working closely with Tom Hart Dyke and his team we have created a nursery filled with horticultural delights and rarities that reflect Lullingstone's planting. We aim to provide the unusual rather than the run of the mill varieties found in garden centres nationwide. Some plants are always going to be desirable and we will provide the latest introductions where possible. If a plant isn't available on our site, we can attempt to source or even grow it for you, offering free delivery to the local area.
Boris, the 'Beast from the East' has also arrived in the nursery...
We will be using him as a symbol of plants which survived 2018's
terrible weather system, even if unexpectedly!
2019 has seen new ideas for the nursery, including bee-friendly planting ideas, provided by Kevin Garood, the resident bee-keeper of the Castle and Apiary Manager of Dartford Beekeeping Club.
Ivy Hatch Plant Supplies now operates a mail order service. It is a completely separate business to the World Garden, and as such take all responsibility for our service. Any requests originating from a visit to the garden, or for a rare plant that we do not have, we are able to liaise with Tom Hart Dyke to benefit from his vast collection. Collection from the Ivy Hatch nursery site can usually be arranged.
Chevening is a Grade 1 listed country house in the parish of Chevening, Kent. It was built between 1615 and 1630 supposedly by Inigo Jones, and was extended after 1717 by the then owner, General James Stanhope, later 1st Earl Stanhope.
The estate gradually fell into disrepair until the 4th Earl (1781-1855) inherited
"a dilapidated and decayed house standing in a hayfield".
He made many costly repairs to the house, but was more focused on the gardens and woodland. He laid out Italian gardens and a parterre, while his son, Lord Mahon designed the maze. Public rights of way were reopened, and the gardens were opened for public viewing.
The 7th Earl of Stanhope was responsible for offering the facilities of Chevening to the government for use by cabinet ministers and arranged for Chevening house and its estate to be passed to a trust on his death, thus ensuring its preservation.
It is now run as a business, so is self-funding.
Ivy Hatch Plant Supplies has been responsible for supplying some of the planting schemes for the gardens, and has been involved in the parterre for over 10 years, supplying over 1000 purple sages. We have recently sourced 500 Lavender 'Hidcote' to replace the old sage plants. The photos above and below display some of the many Magnolias, spring flowering shrubs and even waterside planting plans for the new cascade and stream.
Two to three times a year the gardens are opened to the public. One date is for the National Garden Scheme in mid June, and the others are open to charities to hold fundraising events. We have been long standing sellers at these events with a diverse and interesting plant stand, displaying alongside Valerie Kirkham, another grower who also has a long history of association with the estate. We aim to represent as many areas of interest as possible, from shrubs and herbaceous through to succulents and xerophytics
A bed designed with the clients, who didn't want to lose their view over the fields but wanted something to compliment it. The ground is heavy clay, and full sun so we had to choose our grasses carefully!
The following images show a border closely designed with the customers, all plants supplied and planted by us.
We added a watering system to ensure good root establishment and even growth.
Photos were taken one week apart from May to November to show the growth rate.
Planting around a pond
Our client added a rill and waterfall to their existing pond, which created some planting opportunities.
We used plants sympathetic to the surroundings and selected for those particular ground conditions.
Our brief was 'hardy, ground covering and colour through the year with some interesting varieties'
Multi-stem Silver Birch
This client requested a pair of Betula utilis var. 'Jacquemontii' to frame a stile
and make a good contrast to the existing Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' planting.
We sourced a well matched couple of root-balled specimens, saving the cost of containerised trees.Privacy and Cookie Notice
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