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The gardens of Hartlip are private and are not designed to be open to the public.  The car park is a field and similarly is not intended for access by or parking of cars.

Your participation in the Hartlip Open Gardens day and use of all related facilities is conditional upon you accepting that you do so entirely at your own risk.  You understand that neither the organisers nor any of the garden owners accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death howsoever arising.

2 Pear Tree Cottages, Place Lane

Since moving to Hartlip in 2012, our garden has completely changed – there was not a shrub or plant to be seen, and therefore was a blank canvas waiting to be transformed.
It was a slow process, but gradually we have made it into a comfortable space to relax in and enjoy. Although it is a relatively small lawned garden, there are mixed borders containing a selection of shrubs and plants, a summerhouse and an above ground fish pond. There are many patio containers with a variety of acers and a large collection of roses, around 30!

A warm welcome awaits!

Lower Dane

Peter & Tania Anslow’s garden is on the site of one of the village’s many small cherry orchards and has been a labour of love since the late 1960’s. Originally designed by Robin Williams, the Chelsea judge, the concept involves a series of “settings” with each area accessing the adjoining space via small interlinked openings. This concept allows a number of styles within one overall garden, a concept that we hope visitors will enjoy.

Keites Styles

The house and garden was built in 1938 by Molly Noble, whose parents owned
Dane House where all the houses of Dane Close now stand, on her marriage to
Jock. The basic structure was designed at this time, with many mature trees
(eg Marsh Redwood, Paper-bark maple and Eucalyptus)and shrubs throughout.
This has been added to and modified since 1997 when we moved in, but keeping
the same plan.

The surrounding Beech hedge provide a secluded microclimate,sheltering the garden from wind and neighbours. It is organic, using selfproduced compost, wood ash and supplementary horse and chicken manure to boost soil structure and provide nutrients. It has a cottage garden feel, with the two rectangular rose borders in front of the house mixing roses with lupins, geraniums, self seeded annuals and a variety of shrubs and perennials.

There is an eclectic mix of plants mixed together in loose colour schemes. Climbing roses and clematis weave through other shrubs and pergolas. There is year round interest, from the first aconites and snow drops, to Dahlias, asters and nerines in the late autumn, hellebores and winter flowering cherry.

New areas are continually evolving, especially near the drive/garage which was built in 2013. Low hedging and arches help to separate areas, as do shrubs and bushes creating private and secluded patches in which to relax. A pond, bog garden and small patio near a French doorway allow connection with the inside. A wall separates the working area where a large cage contains raised vegetable borders, and some fruit bushes. The above ground pool and greenhouse, with adjacent mixed border completes this part. This is a very wildlife friendly garden, with numerous native plants encouraging insects (particularly Stag beetles) and copious birdlife, and even a hibernating dormouse and hedgehog!

Hartlip House

Hartlip House began life as Rose Cottage in the early to mid-eighteenth century. It was a modest two up, two down cottage built around the large chimney you can see from the garden. As was the custom of this time, a grander Georgian frontage was added around 1820 by the newly retired High Constable of Gillingham, William Drawbridge (who notably gave the land and built the Chapel at the other end of the village) The house was further extended over the years; upward at the end of the nineteenth century and outward in the 1940s and 1960s.

The garden has lawns on three levels and views of orchards towards Newington. There are flower beds, vegetables, a pond with a variety of wildlife and mature trees -Walnut, Indian Bean, Eucalyptus, Willow, Yew and Rowan. In the front garden there is a Tulip Tree that blossoms every few years. Herbs grow in a small sunny courtyard.