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Top 5 public gardens to stroll around
YOU may think south east London is not synonymous with strolling in beautiful gardens, but you would be wrong. Vibe’s Laura Frankland tips you off on just some to be discovered.
DOWN HOUSE GARDENS, Downe
For the scientists among you, the now restored garden is set in the stunning countryside where naturalist Charles Darwin worked on his evolutionary studies.
Walk the genius’ ‘thinking path’ and see 12 of his experiments recreated as well as his beloved greenhouses.
LENSES ABBEY, Abbey Wood
Described as a ‘hidden treasure in the heart of suburban London’, it has been open to the public since 1931.
The site is home to a mulberry tree and open heath land. The self-guided trails take you through the ancient woods where wildlife flowers like figwort and dogs mercury live as well as being full of wildlife habitats.
RED HOUSE, Bexleyheath
A self-acclaimed oasis in an urban environment Red House is known for its ideology and historical importance. The garden was designed to act as the exterior ‘rooms’ of the house, with a series of sub-divided areas.
EMMETTS GARDEN, Sevenoaks
Charming Emmetts, an Edwardian estate, belonged to a passionate plantsman.
Covering an area of five acres makes it a great place to explore. It includes many exotic rare trees and shrubs from across the world offering an array of vibrant autumnal colour. The picturesque rose and rock gardens are also a spectacle to discover.
HALL PLACE AND GARDENS, Bexley
A Grade I listed Tudor mansion is set upon the magnificent 65 acre award winning gardens.
The winner of the Civic Trust’s Green Flag Award every year since 1996, has now aspired to Green Heritage Site status.
The display gardens and model gardens all make for a stunning autumn stroll, from the Queen’s Beast topiary sculptures and romantic wildlife meadows, to the entertaining wildlife.
The sub-tropical glasshouses are also of interest, they are one of the only places in the UK where bananas ripen in the middle of winter.
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