The Walled Nursery near Hawkhurst - rather a special place
Just returned from a WI Garden visit to the Walled Nursery out near Hawkhurst. We've had some excellent outings so far this year. What an attractive, interesting place. Battleaxe totally recommends....
here is the link - the nursery and the adjoining St Ronan's School were originally one large estate, called Tongswood. Most of the glass houses, for which the nursery is best-known, were built between the 1880s and the early 1900s. At its height there were 13 glasshouses, including a vinery, peach house, melon house, fruit house and carnation house. However, after WW2 the estate, now split up, went into decline, and the glass houses fell into dilapidation. The gardens have been in private ownership since 1995.
|The old peach house - as yet unrestored|
Here is what they call the 'Wall of Pane' - people who have sponsored the restoration.
|One of the restored houses - The Carnation House|
The nursery is now clearly thriving, and has attracted much media ttention. There are a good number of quite unusual plants on sale, all of which look very healthy, and a shop selling cards, crafts pot plants etc.
|The old melon house - half underground.|
You can readily imagine coming across something like a Victorian auricula theatre, where wealthy landowners would display their precious pot plants. This, probably the last surviving auricula theatre in Britain, is at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire - now, why hasn't Battleaxe visited that....?
Finally, some beautiful roses on a wall....
Other Battleaxe posts on good garden centres: This one from 2017, This one from 2014, and the original one from 2013.