Great Comp Garden
|Great Comp Garden|
17th Century Manor House. With formal terrace lawns and island beds
|Location||Comp, Kent , UK|
|Area||7.5 acres (30,000 m2)|
|Owned by||Great Comp Charitable Trust|
|Operated by||William Dyson (as curator)|
|Status||Open April–November, 7 days per week.|
|Plants||perennials and shrubs|
|Species||salvias, hellebores, magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons|
|Collections||Arboretum, exotic shrubs, heathers, rock garden, salvias|
|Website||Great Comp Garden|
Great Comp Garden is the creation of the late Roderick and Joyce Cameron (formerly Joyce Trafford Riggall), after they moved to the 17th Century Manor in 1957 (which has been Grade II* listed since 1952), with the idea of developing the garden into a plantsman’s delight. The house was once a farmhouse, the stables has been converted into the Old Dairy Tearooms.
They originally started with 4.5 acres but in 1962 and 1975, then added more land to the garden.
They created an Italian Garden, explorable 'ruins' and 'temple' (all hand built by Roderick), using sand and stone from the garden. The ruins and statuary (including Pope's Urn and Longleat Urn), add interesting focal points to the densely planted garden.
The garden has very good displays of Magnolias (they have over 30 varieties of this shrub),Azaleas, Salvias, Crocosmias, Dahlias and other exotic plants in the region. They have planted up to 380 shrubs and trees in the garden.
The garden first opened up to the public in 1968. It had an entrance fee of 10p and had around 200 visitors on the opening days. The garden then opened for the National Garden Scheme (which it still opens on certain days for).
The storms of 1987 and 1990 caused major damage to the garden. But Roderick and Joyce turned this tragedy into a positive by planting more plants.
When his wife died in 1992, Roderick set up the 'Great Comp Charitable Trust' to keep the garden open and running. He stayed in the house until he was 90 and then moved to a local residential home but died after a short illness. 286118
William Dyson then took over management of the gardens in 2000, as a curator. He previously had managed a Salvia Nursery within the garden, for twenty years. As well as exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Great Comp has four annual special events including a Spring Plant Fair, Summer outdoor theatre and an Autumn Plant Fair\garden festival.
The gardens regular hold garden festivals. In 2013, they had the 11th Garden Festival.
- "Obituary Roderick Cameron". www.greatcompgarden.co.uk. 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- "Great Comp, Platt". www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- Wright, Michael (1993). Explore Britain's Country Gardens. London: AA Publishing. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0749506822.
- Cameron, Roderick (1981). Great Comp and its garden. London: Bachman and Turner Publications. pp. 7–181. ISBN 0859741001.
- "Great Comp Garden". ngs.org.uk. 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- Cox, Martin (3 September 2010). "Christie's to auction items from Great Comp house". Isel of Thanet Gazette. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- Cox, Martin (3 August 2010). "Sage is all the rage at Kent nursery with its incredible collection of the herb's eye-popping relatives". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- Bourne, Val (3 September 2010). "How to grow Salvia 'Silas Dyson'". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- "Great Comp Gardens". www.visitkent.co.uk. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
- "GREAT COMP MUSIC FESTIVAL: LONDON CONCERTANTE, COULL QUARTET AND ALLEGRI QUARTET". highbeam.com. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
- "Gardens, stalls and all that jazz". kentonline.co.uk. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- "It wouldn't be summer without the Changeling Theatre's open-air Shakespearean production, this time The Comedy of Errors. Its star Jake Hendriks talked about making the jump from the safety of TV to theatre.". kentonline.co.uk. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
- Hunter, Chris (21 June 2011). "Curtain up on a Shakespearean comedy". kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2014.