The Cabbages and Kings garden created at Hadlow Down by the late designer Ryl Nowell has been restored and is due to be open to the public on Sunday, May 13.
IT service provider System Professional which operates from Wilderness Barns, Wilderness Lane, began work on the garden after moving to the barns in 2006 and tried to keep as close as possible to the original design.
In its heyday Cabbages and Kings attracted visitors from all over the world. It was designed by Ryl, who died in 2005, to show potential clients and interested gardeners how she solved design problems.
The garden is being opened in conjunction with the National Gardens Scheme and will raise money for four charities. They are Macmillan, Marie Curie, Help the Hospices and Crossroads Care.
The National Gardens Scheme website says: “A major restoration project has been carried out and is ongoing to this day to restore the garden back to its original glory. The garden comprises semi-walled herbaceous and ornamental planting with stunning views overlooking open countryside. The garden also features undulating lawns leading down to a small and tranquil lake.”
Patrick Taylor in his Gardeners Guide to Britain and Ireland said: “In a small area are beautifully contrived paths, steps, terraces, pools and sitting places embellished with strong planting from which everyone can learn much.”
He added: “Visitors to Cabbages and Kings in 2012 will see how the garden has moved into the 21st Century. Contemporary ideas have infiltrated into the walled garden, allowing subtle changes to the established framework whilst the ‘Porpoise Cutting Garden, a new horticultural enterprise opening in summer will display a variety of flowers, seed heads and foliage, all of which will be available for the visitor to cut and take home.
“The gardens open out to the spectacular rolling landscape of the Weald where the energetic may stroll through wild flower meadows whilst others may simply enjoy the view over a cup of tea and home-made cake.
“The converted farm buildings house a permanent exhibition of garden-related topics. Many of the plants seen in the garden may be purchased in the Cabbages and Kings nursery.”
Ryl described her garden in a feature for Birds of Britain and this can still be seen on their website here.
The garden will be open on Sunday, May 13, from 10am to 5pm with an admission fee of £4, children free. Teas, cakes and wine will be available on the day. Dogs on leads are welcome.