Several large gardens, all across the county, are open this month for the National Garden Scheme. Here are just two:

Beechcourt Gardens, 18 & 19 May
Beechcourt Gardens near Ashford is a well-established garden, with the planting mainly set out in the 1930s. It has an exceptional collection of Acers and Rhododendron, along with numerous firs, oaks and pines. Beechcourt Gardens is a joy to visit, it is dog friendly and has a tearoom too.

St Clere, 19 May
In west Kent near Sevenoaks, is beautiful St Clere. This 4-acre garden has formal terraces surrounding a 17th century mansion, herbaceous and shrub borders, productive kitchen and herb gardens, lawns and rare trees, with beautiful views of the Kent countryside beyond.

Information about NGS open gardens in Kent can be found at: www.ngs.org.uk/kent