Great Comp Garden’s Azaleas

The unnamed azaleas gifted to Great Comp Garden in Platt, near Sevenoaks have erupted in thousands of blooms throughout the historic woodland garden.

Azeleas in Great Comp Garden

Founded by Roderick and Joyce Cameron, Great Comp Garden first opened to the public in 1968. Home to an Italian garden with romantic ruins and enchanting woodland walks, every spring Great Comp erupts into bloom with swathes of Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons, under planted with large drifts of hellebores and spring bulbs. Set in undulating countryside in the heart of the Garden of England, Great Comp Garden has built up a reputation among garden lovers as one of the finest gardens in the South East.

In 1960’s, dozens of azalea seedlings were planted in the Great Comp woodland, which were gifted to the garden by the head gardener at Exbury Gardens, which is famous for its azaleas collection. Six decades have now passed, and the azaleas are thriving, producing a mass of flowers.

“Every year the azaleas produce masses of flowers and people ask us about their providence. We know the seedlings were given to our former owners Eric and Joy Cameron by the then head gardener at Exbury”, explains William Dyson, curator of Great Comp Garden.

The 7 acre garden at Great Comp is also home to a collection of salvias, cultivated by Dyson, who is the UK’s leading salvia expert and the runs the dedicated Dyson’s nursery, situated within the garden