Doddington Place Gardens

Near Sittingbourne, Kent.

Great Christmas gift ideas for gardeners

Posted: October 29th, 2015

It’s that time of year again.  Christmas present lists are beginning to litter everyone’s kitchen tables.  If you are near the delightful Kentish Wealden town, Hawkhurst, you must visit Cranbrook Iron’s ‘pop up’ shop opening on the 6th November at Septimus Quayles, Ockley Road, Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4DP. In addition there will also be an enticing range of

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The National Garden Scheme Festival 6th & 7th June

Posted: May 31st, 2015

Four hundred private gardens to visit in two days is an astonishing statistic but that is what the National Garden Scheme’s (known by many as the NGS) annual weekend Festival (6th & 7th June) is all about. The NGS was originally set up in 1927 to raise money for nurses who didn’t have pensions in

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Chelsea Fringe Events in Kent 2015

Posted: May 6th, 2015

16th May -7th June Dubbed ‘the fastest growing fringe festival ever’ by the World Festival network, the Chelsea Fringe, now in its fourth year, is firmly established as a highlight of the gardening calendar. ‘The idea is twofold, to celebrate the amazing work that community gardens do, and to open up links between gardens and

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Pulhamite rocks – an extraordinary Victorian fashion

Posted: April 13th, 2015

Ideally flicking through a Summers Place Auctions ( catalogue of their forthcoming auction of Garden and Natural History on 14th and 15th April, my eye was caught by Lot 336:  ‘A collection of Pulhamite stone: 19th-century’. What on earth is Pulhamite stone? you are probably asking yourself. The answer is that it is a miraculous Victorian invention of

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Chestnut Coppicing – An ancient Kentish tradition.

Posted: March 12th, 2015

Anyone encountering the ancient art of chestnut coppicing for the first time must wonder why a great swathe of woodland has apparently been wantonly chopped down.  Aren’t we meant to be protecting forests and woodland at home as well as in far flung exotic climes?  The answer is that coppicing is an ancient woodland management custom stretching back to Neolithic man which is

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What the well dressed gardener should be wearing.

Posted: November 25th, 2014

At last the age old thorny problem of what clothes to wear when gardening has been solved by two lady gardening whizzes. Genus Performance Gardenwear  ( was established just over a year ago by Sue O’Neil, a sexagenarian entrepreneur. It specialises in lightweight shower-resistant gardening trousers for men and women with the added bonus of

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The Optimum Time for Garden Photograhpy

Posted: June 17th, 2014

What is the optimum time for taking sensational garden photographs?  It is not midday day on a gloriously sunny summer’s day but early in the morning just after sunrise when the quality of light is best.  Some years ago the renowned garden photographer, Clive Boursnell came to Doddington to take photographs for a magazine article.  He declined

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Chelsea Fringe 2014

Posted: June 4th, 2014

What brings together Ljubljana, Bristol, Turin, Norwich, Kent and Brighton, not forgetting London and Vienna? Answer: Chelsea Fringe, the open-access festival celebrating everything to do with gardens, plants, landscape and the environment. ‘I knew my life would massively change from the moment I dreamt up the Chelsea Fringe’ said Tim Richardson, the Founder-Director behind this

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