1½ acres with impressive display of long established naturalised snowdrops and winter aconites; 100 named snowdrops added more recently. Garden developed around the snowdrops over 30yrs, incl hellebores, pulmonarias and other early bulbs and flowers, with foliage perennials, shrubs and trees, also natural woodland.
How to find us
The Old Rectory, Valley Road, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8LX
1m S of Longfield. Midway between A2 & A20, on Valley Rd 1½m N of Fawkham Green, 0.3m S of Fawkham church, opp sign for Gay Dawn Farm/Corinthian Sports Club. Parking on drive only. Not suitable for coaches.
More about The Old Rectory
The spring bulbs, snowdrops and aconites in particular, were the only garden features of note when we bought the house in 1983 – they were even mentioned in the estate agent's particulars. Presumably planted long ago by a galanthophile rector, they have dictated the subsequent layout of the garden, which originally consisted of little more than grass with a few shrubs and trees. Consequently, the snowdrops are not only naturalised in the grass, but also grow throughout most of the borders, and clumps of the bulbs come up wherever you dig. These are always split and replanted, thus increasing their distribution round the garden. The naturalised snowdrops are a mixture of single and double-flowered Galanthus nivalis, but as my interest in them has developed, about 100 named varieties have been added over the past 10 years. There is also an area of natural woodland, with more snowdrops, but this is left largely to wildlife (badgers, foxes and, unfortunately, rabbits).
Due to limited parking space the garden is only open by appointment.