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About Torry Hill
Torry Hill gardens were laid out over 11 acres in the middle of the last century and still enjoy what
inspired the original designers, a wonderful vista from grass terraces at 500 ft above sea level to the N over the Isle of Sheppey and the Medway and Thames estuaries to Essex and further E past Whitstable and Herne Bay over the North Sea. Specimen trees of the original planting survive on
extensive lawns bounded by large rhododendrons of varieties and species of the period; these are now supplemented by new plantings of modern varieties, camellias and impressive flowering cherries, include what the owners believe to be the largest known Kanzan, 9ft in diameter at the butt and a canopy 18yds wide. Large clumps of naturalised daffodils and 4 areas of wild flowers feature in the lawns. To the South of the house are 3 walled gardens; one beside the house with a lawn and traditional herbaceous borders. Next is a formal rose garden with some
500 hybrid tea roses, floribunda and shrub roses; and finally, within massive walls designed to check even the fiercest winds from the NE, 1½ acres of formal garden laid out round a central feature and lawn by the present owner in consultation with Waterers in 1978, successfully
designed to have shrubs and climbing plants in bloom at almost any time of the year. Lastly there
is a traditional vegetable garden with asparagus and globe artichoke beds dating from before present memory.
8 acres; large lawns, specimen trees, flowering cherries, rhododendrons, azaleas and naturalised daffodils; walled gardens with lawns, shrubs, herbaceous borders, rose garden including shrub roses, wildflower areas and vegetables. Extensive views to Medway and Thames estuaries.
Admission £4.50, children free.
Where: Torry Hill, Sittingbourne
When: 2pm - 5pm
Contact: Torry Hill, Sittingbourne, ME9 0SP