Historic Houses Initiative sees 35 Gardeners meet at Hole Park

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35 gardeners from across South East England gathered at Hole Park in Rolvenden, Kent on 20 October under an initiative led by Historic Houses to increase knowledge, understanding, and skills between gardens across the region.


gardeners at hole park

So often head gardeners work long hours without meeting their fellows, so the opportunity to meet in person was greatly appreciated by all attendees who enjoyed a prolonged tour of Hole Park gardens, led by Head Gardener Quentin Stark, during which there was a great deal of chat between those present.

Edward Barham, owner of Hole Park, who is also Chairman of the Historic Houses South East Region, was delighted with the outcome of this inaugural meeting, which is expected to become an annual event, moving between gardens.  Plans are already afoot for the 2023 meeting.

Edward said: “It has been such a happy day and we have made so many new friends in the gardening sector. We are grateful to our sponsors, Lycetts, and equally to all who attended.  Everyone was invited to bring a plant of their choice as a thank you present and so we now have some wonderful specimens to plant.”

edward barham at hole park garden


Hole Park Gardens is open on selected dates from Easter through to the end of October.

This week is the last time visitors can enjoy the gardens this season, so head over and enjoy the colourful exotic border and all the wonderful autumn colour at Hole Park which is open on Wednesday 26, Thursday 27 and Sunday 30 October 2022.

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