History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Highlights at Merriments include a walled garden in formal style with a quiet rill running through it. See the silver birch glade where crocuses add colour in spring. There is a wild garden area with a hide for enjoying the local bird life, and a Tropical Border with lush displays in late summer.
One of the best features at Merriments are the borders, created with colour-themes in mind. Other enjoyable features include a bog garden and a pair of ponds linked by a dry stream-bed where primulas and alliums grow in lush abundance.
Another interesting garden area is the Blue Gravel Garden, with self-seeded grasses and verbenas, where delphiniums and acanthus thrive early in the year. A complete contrast is the Hot Border, planted so that as the summer goes on the colours get hotter! Near the entrance is a yew circle, with conveniently located holes in the hedges to create peepholes over a gentle canal.
The garden is sheltered by high hedges, giving it the air of a secret garden, sheltered from the outside world. This sheltered environment helps create a garden with a long season for enjoying scent, colours, and texture of a wide variety of plants.
Most of the plants you see - including some of the more unusual varieties - are available for sale in the nursery. Merriments is an excellent resource for inspiration and planning how to create your own garden, and they also offer a garden-planning service.
Merriments has frequently appeared in gardening magazines on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been featured on BBC Gardeners World. Pre-booked guided tours are available, as are evening tours after normal garden hours.
About Merriments Garden
Address: Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green, East Sussex, England, TN19 7RA
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: On the A229 just off the A21
Website: Merriments Garden
Phone: 01580 860 666
Photo Credit: Oast House Archive, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Pashley Manor Gardens - 2.3 miles (Garden)
Bodiam, St Giles Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church)
Bodiam Castle - 3.5 miles (Castle)
Bedgebury National Pinetum - 3.6 miles (Garden)
Ewhurst Green, St James the Great - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
Bateman's - 4.7 miles (Historic House)
Benenden, St George's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Newenden, St Peter - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Merriments Garden:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
2 Manor Row, High Street
Tel: 01233 330 316