|Great Comp Garden|
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The present story of Great Comp Garden began in 1957 when Roderic and Joyce Cameron started searching for a country cottage with space for a decent sized garden, where they could plan their future retirement from a busy London life. They ended up purchasing a sizable seventeenth century house with four and a half acres of garden near Borough Green in Kent. The two of them with virtually no help, developed the garden into a total of seven beautifully landscaped acres over the next twenty five years.
It was a labour of love that continues to be reflected in the garden today. Roderic Cameron now curator for the Great Comp Charitable trust, still works full time on the garden with some assistance. He is frequently present to greet you on entering the garden.
The garden originally consisting mainly of rough woodland and paddock, bore the marks of the great upheaval of two world Wars. Forty years on, it now contains over 3,000 named plants, set in picturesque semi woodland with lawns paths and vista's. To add interest a number of terraces, mock ruins, a tower and many ornaments, have been added over the years. Culminating in a walled Italian Garden added in 1994.
William Dyson of Dyson Nurseries is the curator at Great Comp and run their own nursery specialising in award winning Salvias, which is situated within the garden.
This unique, tranquil and very personal garden should not be missed especially by the dedicated plantsman.
Great Comp Garden is situated about two miles from Borough Green off the A20 / B2016.
Summer 2005 - July
Summer 2006 - August
Summer 2007 - End May
Summer 2009 - Mid June