On Monday, July 13th ten of us set off in four cars in the rain for Torry Hill. Lady Kingsdown and her gardener were waiting to show us around and fortunately the rain did stop.
The 11 acres of gardens were laid out in the middle of the 19th century. They enjoy a wonderful vista from the grass terraces at 500 ft above sea level to the north past the Isle of Sheppey and the Medway to Whitstable and Herne Bay.
Specimen trees of the original planting survive, despite the hurricane of 1987. To the south of the house are three walled gardens, one beside the house with lawn and traditional herbaceous borders, a beautiful formal rose garden with over 500 roses and a one and a half acre formal garden laid out in 1978, successfully designed to have shrubs and climbing plants in bloom at almost any time of the year.
Lastly there is a large vegetable garden with asparagus, globe artichokes, rhubarb and lots of soft fruit. After our tour we went into a converted stable block for tea and homemade biscuits. A most enjoyable afternoon was had by all.