Kent, the “Garden of England”

Have look at my new page on Oast Houses in Kent.


Oast Houses at Horsmonden in Kent

Hi everybody

Regular readers of this blog will know how much we love the south of France, and I seem to post about that area quite a bit.

But this week driving around our native Kent I was reminded how beautiful the countryside is right here , just on our doorstep.

We are lucky to live in this lovely part of the UK with it’s green fields, Oast houses, Castles and Gardens. 

With the weather being cold I have been painting some local scenes from photos  and looking back at some paintings from the past year or two and so I thought it was about time I shared a little bit of Kent with you all.

Quite nearby we have several fine National Trust properties. Two in particular, Sissinghurst Castle and gardens, and Scotney Castle have exceptional gardens. Each has unique features but they fit in so well to the lovely countryside around them.

Kent has been known as the Garden of England since Tudor times I believe, and it remains a County that produces a lot of soft fruit, apples, pears, cherries and vegetables. The Spring blossom is spectacular but that is for another day.

These watercolours try to capture a little of the beauty of the area. Scotney with its collections of Azaleas, and Sissinghust famous for it’s gardens and colour.

I hope you like these watercolours and enjoy this quick “visit” to Kent.

Happy travelling and painting!



Part of the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle


The ruined castle and gardens at Scotney Castle in Kent


Fields of rape seed near West Malling in Kent





About brianswatercolours

After spending 40 years in Aerospace I now enjoy painting watercolours of our travels around the world. I also paint for others who would like reminders of there favourite places. Most of my paintings are painted from photos that I have taken, or taken by others. This blog shows some paintings from Yvonne's and my travels together. Have look at my other Blog

Posted on January 28, 2015, in England, Kent in the UK, Landscape, Paintings from our travels, Watercolours and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Carol Nightingale

    I love Brian’s watercolours. I admired one on Artfinder and showed it to a friend who also loved it. I decided to buy it the next day, then found it was sold. I was very disappointed. A few days later- my birthday! My friend had bought it for me! A gorgeous painting of lavender fields in Provence. i love it so much

  2. I just love the last painting – the composition, curving lines, colors. Beautiful. My only suggestion is that in your next post you educate some of us on what an Oast house is. (Or maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t know??) : )

    • Hi Paige
      Great idea!,and thanks for the nice comment.
      Could be a new post or page on the blog.
      Oasts are buildings designed for drying hops for beer. Lovely pointed shapes, now mainly dwellings.

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