Broadview Gardens Re-Open

After a ‘lost spring’ and challenging summer for many public gardens across the UK, Broadview Gardens at Hadlow College is pleased to announce it will be re-opening safely to the public on the 24th October.

Head Gardener Ian Fleming and the College’s Horticulture students have been busy undertaking maintenance and planning, planting, pruning and hedge trimming throughout the gardens, with work also recommencing on the construction of the new kitchen garden. Students have also created a new sculpture using concrete fabric and reshaped the main hedgerows leading up to the entrance of the tranquil Japanese Garden. With his expertise in the philosophy and symbolism of Japanese garden design, Ian redesigned and built this new garden, which opened last year, with input from the students.

The eight acres of landscaped gardens lie on stony silt soil above clay and are exposed to both the prevailing south-west and cold north-east winds. The Gardens are formed around a 100-metre long double mixed border, backed with yew hedges and columnar oak trees, along which run two grass avenues lined with clipped hedges. Surrounding this are a variety of contemporary and traditional gardens brimming with inspiring ideas, designed and built by the students.

Traditional perennials share the borders with more unusual varieties such as Chionodoxa (glory-of-the-snow) and Siberian Squills. There is also a natural style space with lake, meadow and wooded areas, plus a wildlife walk and picnic glade. Near the entrance to the Gardens is the stunning water feature from former Hadlow student Stuart Charles Towners’ Spirit of Cornwall garden, which won a silver-gilt medal at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Each year, from September to May, the students build a new garden from scratch or update an existing one. Amongst those featured are The Fountain Garden, The Stone and Water Garden, The Italian Garden and The Gingko Garden. The gardens feature imaginatively employed reclaimed materials and plenty of unusual and bold planting choices.

Broadview Gardens Centre

Hadlow College
Tonbridge Road, Hadlow
Kent TN11 0AL