The gardens are open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 2-6pm. Groups are welcome to visit for guided tours at other times by appointment. The Tea House will be open whenever the garden is open. The garden will open for the season this year on 22 March and will close on 20 October.
Private guided tours are also available, mornings or afternoons: please e-mail us to arrange.
Boldshaves opens each year on behalf of the National Garden Scheme and Kent Minds, and is regularly booked for open days by other charities.
The garden at Boldshaves has been substantially redeveloped over the last 30 years and new features continue to evolve. The garden is part terraced, south-facing, with a walled garden containing a variety of semi-hardy and southern hemisphere plants; a Camellia dell; herbaceous borders, including the well-known Red Borders; a Flame Bed; an Italian Garden; a garden planted up in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; a vegetable garden; a wide variety of old-fashioned English roses; and a herb garden given over to both culinary and medicinal herbs.
The ancient woodland which borders the garden is accessible throughout the year, and is particularly to be admired in the Spring when woodland anemones and bluebells flower in succession. In April and May the sound of nightingales throughout their mating season is worth a visit on its own.
Plants are often for sale in the small nursery area alongside the car park paddock when the garden is open. Please ask on arrival.
The garden is accessible to wheelchair users, but please note that the garden is on a south-facing slope and that many of the paths are grass.