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Secret Garden Visit: Reighton Wood, Kent

Spend a day basking in this stunning contemporary garden designed by Marian Boswall, set in its own wooded valley. This visit is part of our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser to raise urgently needed funds to save the Garden Museum from the impact of the coronavirus.

Reighton Wood’s history goes back to the Romans, who came to the land for oak, water and iron. Owners Mark and Robyn Reeves have worked with Marian Boswall to develop a landscape that Marian describes as a ‘mannered microcosm of the countryside beyond’. Tree-lined avenues lead to the view and the woods beyond, and a pond crossed by an oak boardwalk provides a haven for wildlife. Sustainable, natural materials have been chosen, and broad sweeps of mixed shrub and herbaceous borders create a sense of being immersed in colour and scent.

Reighton Wood was awarded Best Large Garden and the Grand Award at the SGD Awards 2019. The judges called it “An absolutely stunning garden demonstrating sumptuous planting with texture,  mood, atmosphere and playfulness. Includes a great synergy of materials and wonderful links between the different areas that give the garden an elegant and calm pace.  Fits perfectly into the setting and shows a great attention to detail.”

Troy Scott Smith of Gardens Illustrated described the garden at Reighton Wood asa garden that is subtle yet striking in design, a garden muscular yet free flowing and dreamy, a garden with an unerring sense of proportion and detail, a garden stuffed with interesting plants but uncluttered by an awareness of fashion or competition and, a garden that feels like it has grown as a response to its surroundings. It feels familiar and comforting strolling the many paths and exploring the hidden corners.”

Read more about Marian’s design for Reighton Wood here.

Guests will be invited to bring a picnic lunch and wander round the gardens at their leisure. A full address for the garden will be provided to the buyer, along with the contact details of the garden owner so you can arrange parking and timings.

We are very grateful to Robyn and Mark Reeves for opening up the garden at Reighton Wood for our Secret Garden Visits fundraiser.

Image: Jason Ingram