by Aspect County

Great Comp Garden 2022: Summer Show Make Some Noise

Famed for its tranquil spaces, calm corners and quiet woodland pathways, Great Comp Garden makes a noise for two days of the summer every year with its annual Summer Show.

Great Comp Garden Summer Show by Vikki Rimmer

Jazz ensemble Strings and Things will entertain plant-hungry visitors who love nothing more than to listen to jazz on the lawn while enjoying a Pimm’s and squeezing as many plants as they can in their trolleys!

With dahlias, salvias, perennials, bulbs and exotics, Great Comp Garden’s Summer Show will be chock full of plant divas vying for attention on the lawn at this hidden gem of a garden.

Strings and Things have played the Summer Show at Great Comp Garden for over 17 years. The piece was formed over twenty years ago and features John Stewart from The Temperance Seven, multi-instrumentalist Mr John Ellmer, Paul Sealy from The Chris Barber Band, Andy Maynard (one of Britain’s top banjo players) plus touring legend Bruce Roberts and Ian Rogers from Wateringbury. 

Exotics from Graham Blunt

Ian Rogers says: We enjoy playing on the square at Great Comp in August – it always feels like the perfect combination of horticulture and music. It’s a wonderful garden event to play at and the audience really know and love their jazz.”

If the jazz is not enough to get the visitors shaken but not stirred, then tropical plants courtesy of Graham Blunt’s Plantbase Nurseries in Wadhurst will do the trick. Vikki Rimmer, garden writer says: some people in the horticultural world may believe there’s a whiff of Bond about Graham Blunt, and they’re not too far off the mark as his exotic plants were recently seen in the latest James Bond film No Time To Die.”

Graham grows exotic plants from around the world including woodland, jungle, desert, alpine, meadow, waterside and prairie. All his plants are nurtured and grown on site, in Kent, to be as tough as possible. Graham says: with over 2,000 species we really do grow some fantastic and rare plants with at least 500 of them grown only by us (as evidenced in the RHS Plantfinder 2020).”

Fresh from Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Graham Blunt will be joined by award winning nurseries including Rose Cottage Plants, Rapkyns Nursery, Southon Plants, Pineview Plants, Pelham Plants and Edulis Nursery. 

Art, jewellery and handcrafts will also be in evidence at the show with Glass Art, Mousie Murray’s craft, Posh Stuff, Designs on Silk, Finesse, The Cushion Boutique, Lakehouse Fabrics, ceramics by Fiona Osbaldstone and more. 

Great Comp Garden Summer Show takes place 13 – 14 August 2022, 10:00am‑5:00pm.

Great Comp Garden, Comp Lane, Platt, Nr Sevenoaks TN15 8QS