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The garden consists of sheltered terraces overlooking the valley below, where you will find a profusion of roses, as well as unusual shrubs and trees. There is a large woodland garden area further from the house, where you will see carpets of bluebells under the spreading boughs of ancient oak trees in Spring.
The house at Riverhill dates to about 1714 when it replaced an earlier Tudor farmhouse. The current house has a central block in Queen Anne style, with a later Georgian third storey.
The garden was the creation of John Rogers, a founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society, and son of a shipowner, who purchased the property in 1840. Two years later Rogers set about creating a garden that took advantage of the south facing slope and sheltered position of the grounds below the house. Here Rogers hoped to find fertile ground for trees and shrubs only recently introduced into the country.
Among the notable areas of the garden are a Rose Walk, which in turn leads to the Wood Garden. Here, the rich colours of azaleas and rhododendrons mix with underplanted bulbs in Spring to create a rainbow of lush colours. In the Wood Garden are examples of redwood, lime, oak, cedar, and numerous acer trees. Near the house is an old orchard, and wide lawns to enjoy.
About Riverhill Gardens
Address: Sevenoaks, Kent, England, TN15 0RR
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 2 miles south of Sevenoaks on the east side of the A225.
Website: Riverhill Gardens
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Photo Credit: Oast House Archive, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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