A description of the Gardens – from now removed pages on Garden Organic’s website…

A Great Day Out in the Garden of England

Garden Organic Yalding nestle against a traditional Kentish backdrop of hop gardens and oast houses.

We have created a unique combination of a tour through garden history and organic gardening techniques set against a backdrop of beautiful, mixed borders. They inspire reflection on humankind’s experience of gardening over the centuries.

We hope you enjoy the gardens – a perfect place to learn or simply to relax!

Gardening through the ages

The fourteen individual gardens are beautifully laid out within a landscape which blends harmoniously the mixture of formal and informal displays.

We have chosen the plants carefully to make sure that they are accurate to their historical period. Many of them are unlikely to be found at garden centres and visitors can make some fascinating new discoveries.

Just as gardening has evolved over the centuries so Yalding continues to develop with new ideas and displays, year in, year out. There is also much to see during the different seasons so the gardens are a lovely place to visit time and time again.

Let us whet your appetite and take you on a tour …

The Woodland Walk illustrates the natural cycles at the heart of all gardening and it was in places such as this that the original settlers in the British Isles first cultivated the land.

The 16th C. Tudor Knot Garden

Moving on to the Apothecary’s Garden, discover a host of plants that were used from the thirteenth century onwards for medicinal purposes, in cooking or to mask unpleasant smells.

The Medieval Garden, with its verdant carpet, spangled with flowers, was a place for Lords and Ladies to converse, make music and play games seated on the turf and chamomile benches. Adjoining it is the very attractive Knot Garden, a formal style that was popular in Tudor and Stuart times.

Time moves on to the Cottager’s Garden of the early nineteenth century. Complete with a thatched dwelling and a pig (made of Willow) this display, with its intensive vegetable plots, would have been a familiar sight to the writer, William Cobbett, at the time. Indeed, the garden is fashioned on his writings in ‘Cottage Economy ‘ and evokes a time when labourers lived in simple thatched dwellings with a bit of land to provide food for their families.

The great central pergola

Crossing the main avenue from the great central pergola, which is clothed in roses, clematis, wisteria and other climbers, you come to a Victorian Artisan’s Garden complete with a hundred year old restored glasshouse.

You then thread your way between Herbaceous Borders based on the inspirational ideas of Gertrude Jekyll that were so fashionable during the Edwardian period.

The second world war created the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign when we were all encouraged to grow our own food.

Our 1950s Allotment is typical of the time – though we don’t use the synthetic chemical fertilisers and pesticides that became widespread then and most of which have long since been banned.

As the chemical era is replaced by a more friendly, ecological approach to gardening the remaining gardens show how organic methods seek to work in harmony with the

Organic Vegetable Display Garden

The Organic Vegetable Display Garden illustrates the success of the organic philosophy showing how to control garden pests without harming beneficial garden wildlife. A variety of non chemical methods is shown. Close by, the Organic Fruit Garden is home to an impressive variety of fruits given the best possible growing conditions to keep them healthy and much less prone to pest and disease problems.

Next on the trail is the Low Water Garden, designed to be both beautiful and practical, it can survive long, dry spells without the need for watering. Conserving water need not limit creative design! Also on the theme of conservation is the Recycling Area – learn about compost which is at the heart of any organic gardening and about many other ways to improve soil fertility.

The Children's Garden

Pull together the above strands and we create a Garden for Today, a place that is beautiful and productive but also a place for leisure and a haven for wildlife.

Youngsters are our gardeners of the future and so the trail brings us to the Children’s Garden, created to stimulate the senses and be fun. An imaginative and exciting place to play and learn.

We started with a woodland walk and as we finish the focus is again firmly on nature. The Wildlife Garden gives an abundance of ideas on how to create a haven for wildlife in your own garden.