A new contemporary walled garden has opened at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks, Kent.
The walled garden is the first redevelopment at the site in 70 years. The site was bought by John Rogers in 1840 and continues to be managed by members of the Rogers family.
Mark Watts and Diana May of May & Watts Garden Design transformed the 4,000 sq m garden into a terraced wonder, inspired by the agricultural terraces carved into the side of the mountains, to create a dramatic visual effect.
Watts said: "It was a kitchen garden originally and we wanted something to reflect that. We continued that theme of the garden as a whole, even choosing the Snowy Apparition perennial because it has a Yeti. The effect is very curvy and sinuous."
They added four herbaceous beds with perennials the colours of the sky in the region – blue, lemon, pink and white, Himalayan birch and a cloistered atrium inspired by a photograph they saw of a mountain-side house covered in climbing roses.
Water, the force which carved out the Meanders valley was also key to the design, with fountains a key feature of the design.
Watts added: "It’s been very popular, the reaction from the public is really positive. They love the crazy lines and the shape of it."