Philip Oostenbrink: The Gardens at Walmer Castle

Date: Saturday 11 February 2023

Club: Hardy Plant Society Southern Counties Group

Contact: Mrs Anne Grabaskey



Philip is Head Gardener at Walmer Castle, Collections Coordinator for Plant Heritage in Kent. Philip began gardening at the age of four when he fell in love with exotic plants during a trip to Tresco Abbey Gardens. After teaching horticulture at a secondary school for 8 years, Philip changed direction and took up positions at notable British gardens. He is the former head gardener at Canterbury Cathedral and is now at Walmer Castle where one of his first projects has been to plant a jungle garden in the moat. He leads tours of the garden, writes and broadcasts on his specialisms, and holds three national plant collections. In 2021, he wrote the book The Jungle Garden which has received excellent reviews.

The Hardy Plant Society Southern Counties Group are holding this meeting at The Old Barn Hall, 55 Church Road, Great Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT23 3PQ.  Doors open at 10am, the talk will begin at 10.45am.