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The type of grass you grow may reveal you to be a swinger!

PUBLISHED: 18:05 12 August 2013 | UPDATED: 18:05 12 August 2013

Tom Hart Dyke

Tom Hart Dyke

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Who would have thought that the type of lawn you lay could reveal so much about you?

Pampas grass from South America gained notoriety in the 1950s as a symbol of swinging, with people laying it in their front garden to let passers by know their bedroom habits.

Other fascinating facts about grasses will be explored over the August bank holiday weekend at Lullingstone Castle in Eynsford where modern-day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke will take visitors on a tour of the World Garden, looking at the stories behind an often overlooked kind of foliage.

He said: “I sometimes see knowing smiles among the visitors who spot the Pampas grass! Grasses are everywhere – every continent has their own – yet they are so underrated. But things are looking up as they are growing in popularity. They are wonderful to have in any garden not least because they add structure, which makes gardens look especially spectacular as summer fades to autumn”.

The tallest grass is the bamboo, which many may not realise is a member of the grass family.

Tom added: “Among my favourite grasses are the Giant Oat and the Pony Tail grass. The Giant Oat is a real clumping grass from North Africa and the Argentinian Pony Tail grass is low-lying with wonderfully-soft foliage.”

For more information on admission prices and tour times see www.lullingstonecastle.co.uk.

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