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Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year: Heather Scott's Garden

PUBLISHED: 01:16 26 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:02 20 February 2013

Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year: Heather Scott's Garden

Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year: Heather Scott's Garden

Heather Scott's superb garden, with its contemporary interpretation of a cottage garden, is the well-deserving winner of our second Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year...

Kent LifeAmateur Gardenof the Year

Heather Scotts superb garden, with its contemporary interpretation of a cottage garden, is the well-deserving winner of our second Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year Words and pictures by Leigh Clapp

Heather Scott has created a traditional garden with a modern twist around her Victorian cottage in Chainhurst, using every space of the small tenth-of-an-acre plot. There is a lovely balance between form and flower with great attention to detail at every turn. Although she describes it as higgledy-piggledy, the very modest Heather has a truly unique creative eye for combining shape and colour to create a cohesive, balanced result with a lovely appreciation of scale.

I like box-hedging and symmetry andI also like cottagey plants that spill over the edges but without letting them take over.I have been influenced by many visits to nearby Sissinghurst, which I love, she says.I have burgundy, silver and subtle shades of lilac, pink and blue planting. Ive used green and purple beech hedging to create separate areas and use a lot of box that I clip into spheres which helps form the structure. I also like the way that softer planting abuts the hedging and softens the look, adds Heather.The garden has evolved over the past30 years seeing changes as the needs of Heather, her husband Richard and their family have altered. Heather, a passionate gardener, has refined the space from play lawn through curving beds to the more formal vision it is today.

The immaculate mini rooms, linked by pathways, include sitting and dining areas, decorative potager beds, a tiny square meadow and even the much-used potting shed and greenhouse have Heathersartistic touches.


3 Chainhurst Cottages, Chainhurst,TN12 9SU 01622 820483heatherscott@waitrose.com

Opens a couple of days in June forthe NGS; also offers B&B.

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