Scotney Castle

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United Kingdom - Kent - Tunbridge Wells

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International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the Scotney Castle

Sometimes described as England's most romantic garden, laid out by Edward Hussey III, from the late 1830s onwards. The landscape of the estate is in the Picturesque style, set round the ruins of a 14th-century moated castle. Rhododendrons and Azaleas flower in profusion, with wisteria and roses rambling over the stonework. Features include the Quarry Garden, which is home to many types of fern and heavily scented Ghent azaleas in shades of orange, yellow and cream. The moat, which surrounds the old castle, has along its edge water-loving plants such as yellow iris, rodgersia and kingcups. On the north-west side of the moat is the thatched Ice-House. On Pear Tree Island, an isthmus, is a three-piece bronze reclining figure by Henry Moore. Wonderful views and beautiful woodland and estate walks.

Main Address:
Scotney Castle
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN3 8JN United Kingdom

Telephone: 07786661602
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Mike Calnan
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Alison Crook - Plant Collections Curator

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Other
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 51.09288331
    Longitude: 0.408167839
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

Plant Collections

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