Enter the ‘Kent Gardens’ photography competition

PUBLISHED: 09:31 20 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:31 20 February 2016

Riverhill seen through the expert's lens

Riverhill seen through the expert's lens

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Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is working with Kent Life chief photographer Manu Palomeque on an exciting Photographer in Residence Project where we will showcase his favourite picture from the site every month, leading up to a ‘Kent Gardens’ photography competition.

The family home of the Rogers family since 1840, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens near Sevenoaks is renowned for its extensive spring collection of rhododendrons and azaleas and fine views across the Weald of Kent.

These historic gardens also boast beautiful bluebell walks and many remarkable trees. In summer the newly restored Rose Walk and Walled Garden become the main focus with their grass-sculpted terracing and frothy fountains, vegetables and herbaceous borders.

The gardens have become a magnet for artists, photographers and poets, all keen to capture its spirit; a garden that has been nurtured by seven generations of the Rogers family through good times and bad and now, aided by a team of volunteers, is welcoming all families.

Inspired by the Visit England 2016 Year of the English Garden campaign, Riverhill has invited Kent Life chief photographer Manu Palomeque to be its Photographer in Residence for the 2016 season.

During his residency Manu will strive to capture the essence of Riverhill with his camera. His challenge is to record its pulse throughout the season and although this may include unusual planting, historic shrubs or significant events, the hope is that he will also portray the very human side of restoring and maintaining a privately owned historic garden which is open to the public.

A further aim of the residency is to inspire amateur photographers to capture the spirit of Kent Gardens, to which end they are invited to enter the new Kent Gardens Photography Competition.

Photography Competition

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens and Kent Life are launching a Kent Gardens Photography Competition, which will be judged by Manu Palomeque, Riverhill’s Sarah Rogers and Kent Life Editor Sarah Sturt.

Go to www.riverhillgardens.co.uk for competition details and terms.

Deadline for entries: 31 May 2016.

The winning photograph will be published in Kent Life and the winner will also receive a one-to-one photography tuition session with Manu Palomeque at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens and an adult season pass.

Photography Workshop

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens are also offering a free photography workshop (Photos @Riverhill), led by Manu Palomeque, on 14 May 2016 (8am to 12pm). To book your place email sarah@riverhillgardens.co.uk or call 01732 459777. Please note that numbers are limited.

Find out more

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Riverhill, Sevenoaks TN15 0RR

01732 459777 and www.riverhillgardens.co.uk

The gardens re-open on 19 March to 11 September 2016, Wed-Sun inclusive and Bank Holidays, 10.30am-5pm. Closed every Mon and Tue (with the exception of Bank Holiday Mondays).

“Wandering around the gardens I wanted to focus my attention on the variety and range of textures that I would come across. My attention was directed towards the lines of the cane fencing on the right hand side of the photo which draws your eyes into the main focal point of the weatherworn wooden door leading to a private part of the walled garden.” Manu Palomeque

Camera details: Fuji X-T1, 1/500, f2.8, 16mm.

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