The World of Conifers at Lullingstone Castle

PUBLISHED: 17:04 17 August 2014

Tom Hart-Dyke at Lullingstone

Tom Hart-Dyke at Lullingstone

Rikard Osterlund

This Bank Holiday weekend, 22-25 August, why not head to Lullingstone for the annual celebration of a particular family of plants - this year the focus is on conifers, which range from the tallest living thing in the world to the tree that underpins the global forestry industry

Lullingstone Castle’s owner Tom Hart Dyke says: “Conifers have inspired me as a modern-day plant hunter - so it’s about time we celebrated this eclectic, wacky family of plants”.

Every continent in the world except Antarctica is blessed with a kaleidoscopic indigenous range of conifers and they are among the rarest and oldest plants in existence.

Britain only has three native conifers – the Common Yew, Scots Pine

and the Juniper, but Lullingstone is home to a delightfully eclectic mix of other conifers. The oldest conifers are situated adjacent to the manor house at Lullingstone in the form of a trio of Lebanese Cedars dating back to around 1800.

Unusual conifers can also be found in Lullingstone’s arboretum – the first of which was planted by Lady Emily Hart Dyke in 1890 in the form of the deciduous broad-leaved, prehistoric, Ginkgo biloba, commonly known as the Maidenhair Tree.

The World Garden also boasts a number of species including one of the smallest conifers in the world, which is rarely found in cultivation.

On each of the four days Tom will lead guided tours of the World Garden at 12:30 and 2:30pm. A specialist will also be on site to advise and sell a range of conifers.

Some key conifer facts, to whet your appetite (all of these can be located in The World Garden):

- The tallest living organism in the world is the Californian Redwood,

from North West America

- Prumnopitys taxifolia from New Zealand is currently in full leaf but

its leaves are mostly rusty brown so it actually looks very dead!

- Tasmania is home to one of the smallest conifers, reaching only 6

inches in height but 3 feet in width. Very rare to find in cultivation, visitors can see one on display in the World Garden.

- The Monterey Pine is the most widely planted conifer in the world,

being an essential component of the worldwide forestry industry; being used for a wide range of applications including construction, wood pulp to shelter belt planting on exposed , coastal sites.

- The Nordmann Fir hails from the mountainous regions of Turkey &

Georgia and is familiar to many of us in December as the “non-needle drop” Christmas Tree.

Admission:

11am – 5pm

Adults: £7, Senior Citizens: £6.50, Child: £4, Family Ticket: £18

www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk

More from Out & About

Friday, January 8, 2021

Kent has many castles and stately homes, but we have hand selected the ten best castles in Kent for you to visit

Read more
Thursday, January 7, 2021

The elusive snowdrop can be hard to find and before you know it, they’re gone again, so we saved you the trouble and found some beautiful spots in Kent to go for a walk among the snowdrops

Read more
Monday, December 21, 2020

So you think you know your county? Take our New Year quiz and put that local knowledge to the test | Words: Adam Jacot de Boinod

Read more
Friday, December 18, 2020

Is life still feeling a bit overwhelming? Head for any of these 10 peaceful spots in Kent to help you find that much-needed bubble of calm | Words: Holly Louise Eells

Read more
Friday, December 18, 2020

From rambles through the Kent Downs to pretty village walks and urban strolls, this guide to some of Kent’s prettiest walking routes is essential for the intrepid adventurer

Read more
Friday, December 18, 2020

Here are five of the best spots in Kent for a stroll by coast, canal and river

Read more
Friday, December 18, 2020

We have selected 12 of the grandest historic stately homes with stunning gardens in Kent to visit

Read more
Friday, December 18, 2020

Kent is not only home to many stunning beaches but also has some of the safest and cleanest in the country, many with prestigious Blue Flag status

Read more
Friday, December 18, 2020

Dramatic landscapes, grand castles and historic locations have made Kent the perfect setting for many iconic films and TV programme. Here are 21 different movies and television programmes that made use of the Garden of England

Read more
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Wandering through a festive market with mulled wine in hand is one of the pleasures of the season, so we have picked some of Kent’s best Christmas markets to do just that

Read more
Kent Life Food & Drink awards. Open for entries.

Latest Competitions & Offers



Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Latest from the Kent Life