George Carter designs Jubilee Walk for Penshurst Place

Jubilee Walk at Penshurst The double herbaceous border at Penshurst Place, now known as Jubilee Walk, has been redesigned regularly over the last 100 years

A new walk at Penshurst Place, designed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist George Carter, has been opened.

A redesign of the 236 foot (72m) double herbaceous border began over three years ago with the final stage of planting taking place in spring 2011.

The border, now named the Jubilee Walk, was opened by Royal Horticultural Society president Elizabeth Banks.

George Carter said: "I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to redesign this area of Penshurst.

"The double borders have been redesigned many times since their first appearance in about 1900 and this latest version has taken on aspects of the history of the border while adding new elements.

"By dividing the border up into colour themed section and by adding more evergreen structure planting we hope we have given this long admired part of the garden a new lease of life."

Created in the late 19th Century, the history of the borders has been well-documented.

Since 1945 they have been replanted about every 10 years and surviving planting plans show how the redesigns have reflected changing tastes.

George Carter's design includes the traditional apple trees which have formed part of the border since 1900.

The restoration is part of a programme of conservation by Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount De L'Isle and his family, who own Penshurst Place and Gardens.

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