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Great Comp Garden

Great Comp Comp Lane, Platt TN15 8QS, England
+44 1732 885094
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Great floriferous hidden gem

We arrived in the afternoon after reading about the garden in a gardening magazine. The plantsmen... read more

Reviewed yesterday
John T
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Perfect Morning Out

We visited Great Comp Garden for the first time today and had a lovely time. It’s a beautiful spot... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisamarie L
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A garden paradise. A hidden gem. Fabulous, folly-filled garden and home to one of the finest collections of Salvias in the country. Great Comp Garden, near Sevenoaks, has built up an enviable reputation over the years as being one of Kent's finest gardens to visit. Come and explore our wonderfully quirky garden showcasing 7 acres of beautiful and rare plants surrounding a 17th century manor house. This hidden gem of a garden is home to an Italian Garden, romantic ruins, enchanting woodland walks and the Old Dairy Tearooms. In Spring this tranquil garden erupts into bloom with numerous Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, underplanted with large drifts of Helebores and bulbs while summer brings warmth and extravagance from one of the most comprehensive and exciting collections of Salvias in Europe. Ornamental grasses in great variety punctuate the colourful borders and combine beautifully with the myriad colours of late autumn. The garden is the delightful creation of Roderick and Joy Cameron who moved to Great Comp in 1957. They opened the garden to the public for charity in the early 1960s. The gardens are now run by the Curator William Dyson. This year's programme of special events include: Spring Fling Plant Fair Sunday 13th April 2014 Great Comp Summer Show 9th & 10th August 2014 Autumn Extravaganza Craft Fair 11th & 12th October 2014
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  • Average11%
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“tea room” (12 reviews)
“cakes” (10 reviews)
“cream tea” (6 reviews)
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Great Comp Comp Lane, Platt TN15 8QS, England
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"full bloom"
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"outside seating"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We arrived in the afternoon after reading about the garden in a gardening magazine. The plantsmen located at Great Comp Gardens are Dysons Nurseries who are famous for breeding and rearing all forms of salvias. The gardens were outstandingly beautiful with magnolias and blossom trees...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Great Comp Garden for the first time today and had a lovely time. It’s a beautiful spot and so peaceful - a nice place to stroll around. Our 7 year old loves photography so she was happy to take lots of photos as...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

We heard about this open day as Great Comp Garden does not open so early in the year. Although we were not disappointed, neither were we thrilled by what is really a fairly ordinary garden with a fairly ordinary selection of plants for purchase.More

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VikkiRimmer, Curator at Great Comp Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thank you for your feedback regarding our Snowdrop event, and we are sorry that you were not thrilled by your visit. In February perennial plants are not visible, and the full beauty of our garden plants and trees is not apparent, however our February visitors...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

Visited the gardens in Comp during a spring plant festival. In addition to the plants available for purchase by this garden, they also had several vendors displaying their wares. Items on offer varied from plants of all kinds, preserves and various garden decorations. The garden...More

Thank AndreK933
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VikkiRimmer, Manager at Great Comp Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your last visit, and we hope to welcome you again to the garden this year. Our Spring Fling plant fair will be held on Sunday 15th April 2018, and this year will feature...More

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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful place! The weather was perfect, it was quiet and we had a great lunch to boot. We got to see the garden in full bloom and then had the opportunity to but some of the plants on show. It’s a hidden gem...More

Thank sennockred
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VikkiRimmer, Manager at Great Comp Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you for your lovely review, we look forward to welcoming you back to the garden in 2018.

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

I'll confess here that I am not the primary visitor my 86 year old mother is. She is the keen gardener & I'm the taxi driver. We went for the autumn spectacular. Parking was OK once I'd pointed out to the attendant that my mother...More

Thank tr7v8
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We visited this garden in September. It is a medium sized gardens with lovely woodland areas. The assortment of varieties of salvias were blooming interspersed with grasses, rudbeckis and dahlias. Its a very tranquil place with a very good tearoom.

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VikkiRimmer, Manager at Great Comp Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to welcome you back to the garden soon.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Have visited this wonderful garden many times, but never so late in the year. At its best in September with many outstanding Salvias and Dahlias. As part of a group, we were given an escorted tour by William Dyson, the curator. So many colourful plants...More

Thank montySurrey
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VikkiRimmer, Manager at Great Comp Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for your kind review, we are so pleased you all enjoyed your group visit. We hope to welcome you back to the garden again soon.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

A most attractive, relatively small garden created by a couple (now deceased, and buried in the garden) pretty much from scratch. Glorious trees, pretty vistas, follies, 'ruins' and a specialist salvia nursery - even an attractive car park! Very good 'vintage' tea room serving light...More

Thank Helen N
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VikkiRimmer, Manager at Great Comp Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back in Spring - the magnolias won't disappoint!

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Lovely gardens with a relaxing tearoom. Quite small but worthwhile if passing. One to two hours would cover the place fully.

Thank Adrian V
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VikkiRimmer, Manager at Great Comp Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for your kind review. We hope to welcome you back to the garden soon.

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SueLH
17 August 2015|
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Response from VikkiRimmer | Property representative |
Hi Sue, there is disabled parking infront of the house and easy access here to a pathway that goes from the entrance hut through the garden past the main lawn into the Italian garden and on to the tearooms. There is outside... More
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higginshiggins10
11 April 2015|
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Response from VikkiRimmer | Property representative |
Hello. Yes we are - there are hard pathways from the entrance hut which take you round to the Old Dairy Tearoom where there is good outdoor seating, but there are steps up into the tearoom here to enter the inside seating... More
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