I visit quite a few gardens for work and for fun, and I’m often surprised, occasionally pleased but rarely astounded by their beauty. But a few weekends ago a friend suggested a garden near Ramsgate that was opening for the National Garden Scheme, so clutching our yellow books we sped off to Kent’s eastern extremity, to a spot modestly described as “an arts and crafts-style garden within flint and brick walls with orchard and vegetable garden. Teas served from granary by horse pond.” Oh, and with a 13th-century chapel attached.
We found a stunningly atmospheric garden set in undulating farmland with the sea to both sides – a sheltered, frost-free pocket. The various rooms surrounding a jewel...
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