Merriments Garden and Nursery
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Merriments Garden and Nursery in Hurst Green with a good friend and fellow garden designer. It was a rainy day but that didn’t deter us and actually gave the garden a very fresh and lush atmosphere. Umbrellas at the ready my friend and I drank in the hot vibrant colours that shone out at every turn. I have to say that the herbaceous borders were stunning with inspirational colour combinations and textures. There were beautiful specimen trees and shrubs as well as perennials and annuals many of which I had never seen before. It was an education that’s for sure.
I remember being a regular visitor to Merriments Garden and Nursery over 10 years ago when I lived in the local area. The gardens have come on leaps and bounds since then probably because many of the staff I remember are still working there creating continuity. It has recently gained RHS Partner Garden status and it’s not difficult to see why. If you are an RHS member you can get in free on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The Daily Mail also chose Merriments as one of their gardens to feature in the pullout ’20 Enchanting Gardens you MUST Visit’ and I concur you really should visit if you get the chance.
Apart from the lush planting there are also water features including ponds and fountains, garden ornaments, sculptures, arches and pergolas. There’s also an area set aside for feeding the birds and wildlife that live in the garden. There’s a bird hide where you can watch all the visiting garden birds feeding and going about their daily business. The garden is dog friendly as well which is great if you want to take your dog out for the day and there’s a cafe serving home made lunches and cakes (dog’s not allowed).
The garden covers 3 acres and every corner is packed full of great ideas that you can literally take home with you because the nursery propagates and stocks many of the plants that you can see in the garden. Trust me it’s very hard to resist an impulse purchase! You really won’t regret taking the time to visit this gorgeous gem of a garden on the Kent/Sussex border.