Emmetts; ‘A Tale of Two Gardens’

Posted on December 28th, 2011 by Katie

Emmetts Garden in Kent is significant for its collection of exotic trees and shrubs, believed to have been collected mainly by EH Wilson for Veitch’s Nurseries. The Garden was shaped largely by two men, Frederic Lubbock and Charles Boise, who were both were keen to explore and be involved in the latest scientific thinking and discovery.
Very sadly however, due to a succession of neglectful tenants as well as the Storm of 1987 in which 95% of the trees were brought down, the Garden has become a shadow of what it once was. The Trust has been working very hard to reverse this.
The Remarkable discovery in 2009 of four sets of stereoscopic glass slides dating to the early 1900s belonging to John Pym, Frederic Lubbock’s great grandson, has added a new and exciting dimension to the restoration work. The slides give a fascinating new insight into the layout of the gardens in Lubbock’s time and provide the much-needed detail that has enabled an ambitious restoration project to unfold. What we need most to help uS, is a team of dedicated volunteers, who will aid us with our research into the Garden’s planting history. If you, or somebody you know, would be interested in helping to bring a heritage garden back to life, please do get in touch.

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