emmetts is hidden hillside little treasure of a garden. it’s location, sevenoaks in kent and it is the garden of an edwardian estate, previously owned by frederic lubbock. the garden were laid out in the late 19th century and contains many rare and exotic trees and shrubs from all around the world. called emmetts after the local word for ant, which covered the area up until the 1950’s. it has been cared for by the national trust since 1964.

in may the bluebells bloom as it’s quite a spectacular sight. the hillside is covered within an inch of its life with these gorgeous little flowers, and when the sun is shining the fragrance that hangs in the air is somewhat magical.

the woods

the woods

the view

hillside view

the blue bells

blue bells

the family

the family

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  1. May 18, 2013 / 14:43

    I am jealous of all the bluebells everyone has been seeing! A beautiful place to visit obviously and stretch your legs. We don’t have a garden so tend to enjoy everyone elses too!

    • May 18, 2013 / 20:51

      we have a garden, but in london, it’s really not much more than a yard, so we too tend to enjoy others too!

  2. May 20, 2013 / 21:45

    I love this post, possibly because of my love for the woods! I lived in London for 20 years before moving to Surrey in 2010. Heading over from How does your garden grow 🙂

    • May 20, 2013 / 22:56

      thank you for your comment. we have had a lot of woodland explorations of recent weeks, something make me think it won’t be long until we too escape ye olde london town 😉

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