The Coach House

The ½ acre garden has views over surrounding fruit producing farmland. Sloping terraced site, and island beds with yr-round interest, a pond room, herbaceous borders containing bulbs, shrubs, and perennials, and a developing tropical bed. The different areas are connected by flowing curved paths. Unusual planting on light sandy soil where wildlife is encouraged.

Gold Award from Kent Wildlife Trust - Wild about Gardens.

Sunday 28 May.
Monday 29 May (11am - 6pm). Also open Copton Ash.
Admission £4.00, children free. Cream teas.

Visitors also welcome by arrangement May to September. Cream teas or coffee/tea and biscuits by prior arrangement. Admission £4.00, children free. Cream teas.

Alison & Philip West
07801 824867
alison.west@kemsdale.plus.com

Most of garden accessible to wheelchairs. Seating available in all areas.

How to find us

The Coach House, Kemsdale Road, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent, ME13 9JP

3m E of Faversham. At J7 of M2 take A299, signed Margate. After 600 metres take 1st exit signed Hernhill, take 1st L over dual carriageway to T-junction, turn R & follow yellow NGS signs.

More about The Coach House

Developed over the last 15 years around the original planting of mature trees, the garden has a sloping aspect on light sandy soil.Terracing gives some flat areas, two of which are divided by a rose hedge of 'Rhapsody in Blue'. In the Island beds, successional planting aims for all year interest and includes grasses and nectar-rich flowers. The mature Copper Beech and London Plane tree are underplanted in the dry shade with woodland plants and hydrangeas. A pond area in a separate 'room' also has an insect hotel to attract breeding and overwintering wildlife.The pond itself is home for newts, frogs and toads and provides a water source for the resident honeybees. A number of seating areas offer views of all aspects of the garden.There is also the beginnings of a 'stumpery' and a small 'tropical area' with banana, beschornaria, eucomis and other exotics. Planting for colour, scent and interest throughout the year is the intention.With relaxed informal planting and self-seeding encouraged, the garden is continually evolving and changing.