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this link to a friend
favourite cottage garden in Kent as he kindly wrote in Garden News
(edition 5 July 2014). “It is a captivating
place that contains practically everything you’d expect from a cottage
garden, but I have chosen it not for the roses, daylilies, peonies, irises,
bell flowers and pelargoniums, but for the fact that there is a modest
kitchen garden with fruit and vegetables and a tiny nursery where some of the
plants in the garden are available to buy.”
said the following in our visitors book:
"You have created a most
beautiful, idyllic haven. Thank you for sharing it. I believe
that we are here on earth to make a difference; to make an improvement
and you have certainly have done this here in creating this place of beauty
as an inspiration to others and for the benefit of future
A visitor on Wednesday 1 May 2013 said: "This
is one of the most beautiful and well designed
gardens I have visited - better than many of the larger, more famous gardens
I have seen. I'm thinking of asking for a season ticket as one visit a
year just isn't enough!"
Another visitor on Sunday 31 July 2011 said: "Mrs Gladstone's plants are wonderful
- all successes in our garden especially daylilies and astrantias!"
Please see the Visitors' Comments page for many more comments about
and John Gladstone pay particular attention to harmonious colour, texture, scent
and shape when planting and tending their garden at Old Buckhurst in Markbeech. Planted with trees, shrubs, shrub roses and a
wide variety of herbaceous plants – including Campanulas, Daylilies, hardy
Geraniums, Grasses, Irises, Lilies, Poppies, Paeonies
and Penstemons – the 15th-century farmhouse's
one-acre garden is a tranquil and quintessentially English cottage garden
tended with an enthusiast's passion. Climbing roses and a wide range of clematis
festoon the garden's walls while a range of climbers clamber over arches and
a pergola. There is a small fruit and vegetable garden and many of the
variety of plants grown in the garden are available for purchase in the Gladstones' adjoining small plant nursery.
farmhouse (not open), thought to have been built around 1500, may be the
oldest house in the village of Markbeech but the
gardens were created from scratch by Jane and John some 25 years ago. The
gardens have lovely views of the surrounding South Downs and if you are taken
by the idea of bringing your own picnic to enjoy the view, then the paddock
has plenty of room for you to sit and savour the views. (Please be sure to
take all your litter home to avoid damaging sheep/cattle in the surrounding
PLEASE NOTE some people are under the impression we are not
opening in 2014 for the National Garden Scheme and Tours. We are cutting down a bit but are still
opening. Re Tours, the only difference
is we are not taking bookings anymore for coaches. Sorry.
Only cars and mini buses. Jane
ARE WELCOME BY APPOINTMENT (minimum of ten).
price is available by calling Mrs Gladstone on 01342
850 825. A tour includes a short talk (if required) by the owner and a
tour of the garden on a private day. Unfortunately because of the
difficulties in parking a coach, only Mini Buses and Car Tours are possible,
(parking in the paddock if possible). There are two types of tour on offer:
Refreshments are available if required with Tea/Coffee with shortbread and homemade
flapjacks and a short talk by the owner or
No refreshments and a short talk by the owner if required.
open for the National Gardens Scheme Charity frequently during the summer season.
In addition we open privately on a number of occasions for tours. Please
see our opening dates page for details.
The garden is maintained by the owners John and Jane
Gladstone with occasional help and ideas from their daughter Claire Gladstone
NH Hort. (Dist) - see
'need advice for your own garden project' page.
of the plants grown in the garden are available for purchase in the small
Look at reasons to visit!
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Regrettably, due to a few steps and some narrow paths, part of the garden is
not suitable for wheelchairs. Guide dogs and their owners are welcome.