Riverhill and Great Comp

The RHS Gardens Club Summer outing for 2019 was to two gardens in Kent, Riverhill and Great Comp.  The original owner of Riverhill Himalayan Garden was John Rogers who bought it in 1840.  He was a friend of Charles Darwin and one of the first members of the RHS.  Originally he bought the estate to plant newly collected trees and shrubs and today the garden is full of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Japanese Maples.  There is a newly restored rock garden full of ferns.  Four generations of the Rogers family still live in the house.

Great Comp is a very different and beautiful garden consisting of seven acres, beautifully planted, surrounding a Seventeenth Century Manor House.  The current curator, William Dyson, has a great interest in Salvias and there were many fine examples.  There was also an Italian Garden, romantic ruins and woodland walks.