Brogdale and Doddington Place Gardens

Posted on May 14th, 2010 by Charles Boot
Oct ’10
10:00 am

Brogdale and Doddington Place Gardens

Thursday 7 October

Following on from the successful ‘Fruit in Historic Gardens’ Study Day which the GHS organised in November 2008, there will be a visit to Brogdale Farm near Faversham in Kent to see the National Fruit Collection. Including more than 3,500 named varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, bush fruit, vines and cobnut cultivars, this is one of the largest collections of fruit in the world.

Dr Joan Morgan, pomologist and fruit historian, who lectured at the Study Day and is closely associated with the work being carried out at Brogdale, will take us on a guided tour of the orchards. There will also be a short talk by Tom La Dell, a director of Brogdale Collections that runs the public access to the fruit collections. Plans have been prepared to create a series of gardens showing the history of fruit cultivation, the origin of fruit cultivars and contemporary fruit growing: for more information see

After lunch we will visit nearby Doddington Place Gardens, noted for the cloud-like yew hedges planted in the early 20th century, the woodland garden and Wellingtonia walk, the sunk garden, and rock garden with its series of descending pools, the lowest and largest of which was restored in 2003.

Cost: £30. To book, please send cheque (made out to ‘The Garden History Society’) with an SAE (marked ‘Brogdale’) to Ruth Brownlow, GHS, 70 Cowcross Street London EC1M 6EJ.

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