The garden has developed since 1978 on 1.5 acres of former cherry orchard. It was a family task from the start with Tim and Mrs Nancy Ingram, his mother, taking a keen interest in ornamental planting and Jack Ingram planting fruit trees and avidly keeping the grass in tip top condition. In the beginning the garden was very open and hot, so trees were planted to create some shade. Now some of those trees are being removed to create more light. The garden has become less formal as time has gone by, with many island beds and interest focusing on plants which are Tim’s primary concern.

His first love was for alpines after visiting Joe Elliot’s nursery in the Cotswolds when he was young and he devotes time and space to growing these in special beds. Allied to love of alpines are the spring plants which take advantage of the early light and moisture. Snowdrops have great charm and diversity followed by Hellebores which continue for months, then a flood of woodland species like Anemones, Hepaticas and Trilliums. As summer approaches  his love for southern hemisphere plants, Umbellifers, and plants which thrive in hot summers by questing for their own source of water deep down becomes obvious.

A nursery ran on the site from 1987 to 2006. Plants are being grown again though at present in small numbers. We officially open in 2013.


A Plantsman’s Garden

National Garden Scheme

Open dates for 2018:

Sunday 18th February 12-4 pm

Sunday 18th March 12-5 pm

Sunday 8th April 12-5 pm

Sunday 15th April 12-5 pm

Sunday 29th April 12-5 pm

Sunday 13th May 12-5 pm

Sunday 27th May 12-5 pm

Homemade Teas

Note parking is off site, in laybys and on roadsides.


Sunday 17th February 12-4 pm

Tim has been a member of the Alpine Garden Society most of his gardening life and is an active member of our two local groups, the East Kent and the Mid Kent groups which are both keen to promote interest in alpine plants and welcome new members. The four Kent groups have a combined Facebook Group with news. Tim has keeps a diary on the Alpine Society website.

Tim is also a keen member of the local Kent Group of the Hardy Plant Society.

    Plant Shows 2018

Saturday 3rd February Best of Faversham, in Preston Street, Faversham

Sunday 11th February Plant Fairs Roadshow at Hole Park

Saturday 3rd March Alpine Garden Society, Harlow, Essex, Early Spring Show

Saturday 10th March Alpine Garden Society, Loughborough Show

Saturday 24th March Alpine Garden Society South West Show, RHS Rosemoor

Saturday  15th April Alpine Garden Society, Kent Show, Sutton Valence School

Sunday 22nd April Plant Fairs Roadshow at Hall Place

Saturday 5th May Alpine Garden Society, East Anglia Show, Norfolk

Saturday 19th May Alpine Garden Society, Wimbourne Show, Dorset

Sunday 4th June Little Gardens of Sandwich

Sunday 10th June Whitstable Open Gardens

Sunday June Faversham open gardens and Gardens Market

Sunday 22nd July Plant Fairs Roadshow at Tilgate Park, Crawley

Sunday 26th August Plant Fairs Roadshow at The Walled Nursery

Saturday 16th September  Plant Fairs Roadshow at Borde Hill Gardens

Saturday 29th September Alpine Garden Society, Loughborough Show

Saturday 6th October Alpine Garden Society, Norfolk Conference

Kent Garden Show

The four Kent groups of the Alpine Garden Society held a display in the main Pavilion in May 2013. Tim has described building it on the Alpine Forum. The weather was horrible when we set up but proved very popular with visitors. We were awarded a Platinum Medal.

Copton Ash

was featured in The English Garden Magazine in January 2017