Opening dates and times:Suns 16, 23 Feb, Sun 30 Mar, Mon 21 Apr, Sun 26 Oct (2-5); Sun 22 Feb 2015
Admission:Adm £4, chd free
Contact:Mr & Mrs Andrew Wells
Location:7m E of Tonbridge.
From A26 turn N on to B2016 & then into Mereworth village. 3½m S of M20/M26 junction, take A20, then B2016 to Mereworth
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Description:6 acre garden with C18 lake. Snowdrops, daffodils, lawns, herbaceous borders, ornamental shrubs and trees with foliage contrast and striking autumn colour. Woodland walk and major tree planting and landscaping since 1990. Park and lake walks
Further details:The main features of the garden at Mere House are trees, shrubs, snowdrops and daffodils. Many trees were blown down in the storms on 16 October 1987 and in January 1990. The lake was created in 1780 by canalising a stream feeding the Mereworth Castle lakes and bunds have been built to its south and west to mitigate increasing road noise and development. These have been planted extensively with trees and shrubs which tolerate poor quality dry soil. Most of the larger trees were planted before 1850. They include an ancient mulberry in the west park field, the cedar (cedrus atlantica) in the garden, and the woodland walk. From 1958 the present owner's parents laid out all the beds and planted most of the ornamental trees and shrubs, with an emphasis on foliage contrast. In the last 22 years the present owners have continued to develop the garden, which was runner-up in the 'Kent Life' Amateur Garden of the Year competition in 2011 and received an award for 40 years' opening for the NGS in 2012. The weeping ash by the croquet lawn and extensive viburnum tomentosum plicatum beyond it were planted 30 years ago, and the garden contains several varieties of ornamental elder. The rough grass beyond the cultivated beds becomes a carpet of daffodils in the spring. In the autumn a wide spread of colour is provided by Liqidamber, nyssa sylvatica, parrotia and contrasting conifers and evergreen shrubs