C18 landscape surrounding 6 acre garden, completely replanted since 1958, bounded to the south by lake created 1780. Increasing areas of snowdrops and daffodils in spring. Extensive lawns set off herbaceous borders, ornamental shrubs and trees with yr-round foliage contrast and striking autumn colour. Major tree planting since 1987 storm; woodland, park and lake walks can be enjoyed beyond the garden.
Country Life feature article.
How to find us
Mere House, Mereworth, Kent, ME18 5NB
7m E of Tonbridge. From A26 turn N on to B2016 & then R into Mereworth village. 3½m S of M20/M26 junction, take A20, then B2016 to Mereworth.
More about Mere House
The main features of the garden at Mere House are trees, shrubs, water, snowdrops and daffodils. Although many trees have come down since the devastating storm of October 1987, welcome new views have appeared and many trees have been replanted. The Brownian 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 are over a century old. 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 24 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 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.