The garden has now dried out and is fully open with Rhododendrons and azaleas coming into bloom. The warm weather has encouraged the bird life with a nuthatch sitting on six eggs and at least 6 other nest boxes occupied including a camera box in the tea rooms. The calls of fire crests and gold crests suggest thy are nesting in the conifers.
Beech Court Gardens are well established and planted in the 1930s.
It is a woodland garden with many mature maple and acer trees but at this time of year is notable for its wide and colourful collection of hydrangeas. See more in the gallery.
The eucryphia tree, thought to be the largest in Kent is just coming into bloom.
Situated in 9 acres, Beech Court Gardens was laid out in an informal way nearly 70 years ago using the natural contours of the previously farmed land. The delightful pond was originally dug as a drinking trough for horse, situated adjacent to the Oast House Tea Rooms, which provides an ideal spot to sit and enjoy your refreshments.
The nearby dell was probably mined for chalk although legend tells of its use for cock-fighting. You can still meet some fascinating breeds of poultry on your visit but all are very peaceful!
The garden was originally designed with Spring colour in mind. An exceptional collection of Acers and Rhododendron, along with numerous firs, oaks and pines which reflect the garden designer's admiration for Scotland's famous Inverewe gardens. Many rare and unusual trees grow here and are home to many species of bird.
The Gardens have been enhanced with island beds, climbing roses, many varieties of hydrangeas and with the Autumn colour it truly is a garden for all seasons.