The warm weather this spring has had a dramatic effect on all our gardens, none less so than at beautiful Hole Park Gardens, in Rolvenden near Tenterden. Ideal growing conditions have encouraged the bulbs, magnolias, rhododendrons and most significantly the bluebells to come into flower up to three weeks earlier than had been expected in a typical year. Hole Park is particularly renowned for its beautiful Bluebell Wood which adjoins the 15 acre garden and owner Edward Barham is astounded to find that a noticeable number are already in flower on Monday of this week. ‘There is certainly not a carpet of blue out there yet but one can easily find significant numbers.’
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the garden, the magnolias are at their absolute peak, including a magnificent Magnolia cambellii, a huge 50’ tree in the woodland garden with pale pink flowers showing up boldly. Even the rhododendrons are starting to show and the consequence of all this is an unprecedented concentration of spring colour to be enjoyed now.
Hole Park Garden is therefore opening earlier than had been anticipated, and will be open daily from Saturday 31 March from 11am – 6pm. Visitors will also be able to enjoy delicious homemade cakes, cream teas and light lunches, served in The Coach House.
‘Early bird’ season tickets are available at a discounted price, from which will be deducted the £6 regular entry fee if you decide to purchase. Further details can be found at www.holepark.co.uk or by telephoning 01580 241344.