- Tongs held by Simon de Tonge, mentioned in ‘Hundred Rolls’ of Kent.
- Tongswood recorded as seat of Dunk family ( known as clothiers and later ironworkers)
- Oliver Cromwell stations Ironsides in Hawkhurst. Surrounding land of Tongswood House becomes known as Barrack Fields.
- Sir Thomas Dunk Kt. (Sheriff of London 1711) dies, endowing to Hawkhurst six almshouses, a school for 20 boys, and a house for a school master.
- William Richards inherits estate and according to conditions of will for himself and future heirs, changes his name to Dunk.
- William’s daughter, Anne, current owner of estate with fortune of £110,000, marries Hon. George Montagu (2nd Earl of Halifax), who adds Dunk to his name.
- Anne dies at just 28 years old.
- George Montagu-Dunk (Lord Halifax) conveys lease on Tongswood to Jeremiah Curteis (rumoured leader of Hawkhurst Gang) for yearly rent of six pence for 1000 years.
- Curteis conveys interest to William Jenkins.
- Jenkins dies. Estate is sold to Mr. David Langton then passes through Wilson and Cole families.
- Tongswood purchased at auction by Hon. Felix Tollemarche.
- Tongswood purchased at auction by Major George Robert Stevenson of the 7th Dragoon Guards.
- Tongswood inhabited by Mr. Valentin Elwes.
- William Cotteril (tea broker) buys estate for £8750.
- Glasshouses built by Foster & Pearson Limited of Nottingham in late 1800’s, probably during Cotteril’s ownership
- Captain John Julian Newton-Spice buys estate.
- 'Misses Goldsmid of Portman Square' buy estate – sisters of Sir Julian Goldsmid of Somerhill.
- Estate bought by Mr. Charles Gunther, High Sheriff of Kent (1926-27) and chairman of OXO
- More glasshouses were added including The Melon House. Adjustments were made to the Vinery with The Fernery added and the roofs raised. The walls of the gardens were also raised.
- Gunther’s wife, Leonie, dies of an illness.
- Gunther marries Helen Bell who encouraged development of gardens.
- Gunther’s sons, Charles and Norman (MC), along with 12 other men from the estate, die in WW1. Memorial is erected.
- Tongswood sub-tropical gardens are featured in Gardeners’ Chronicle Magazine.
- Tongswood Gardens considered one of top 50 in the country.
- The Rockery is featured in Country Life Magazine.
- Charles Gunther dies of a heart attack (aged 68) at The Paper Mill, his shooting lodge.
- Helen auctions outlying portions of estate.
- Tongswood House requisitioned by army during WW2.
- Estate sold to St Ronan’s school.
- Walled Garden is leased to a succession of market gardeners including Jack Cripps, Roland Playford, Jim Weeks and Peter and Karen Horn.
- Peter and Karen Horn buy the garden, turn it into a plant nursery and change the name from Tongswood Gardens to The Walled Nursery.
- Monty and Emma Davies buy The Walled Nursery.
- Shop is re-designed to incorporate locally produced crafts and gifts.
- The Plant Sales area is re designed and all plants are raised up onto benches.
- The Walled Kitchen Garden Network state the Walled Nursery to hold one of the most intact collection of Victorian kitchen garden glasshouses left in the UK.
- Emma talks on BBC Radio Kent Sunday Gardening Show in what turns into annual updates about the progress of the Nursery.
- Clear overgrowth to extend car park.
- Renovations begin on the Vinery
- The ‘working’ greenhouse (not Victorian) is replaced with a brand new polytunnel.
- Wealden Times use Nursery as location for fashion shoot.
- First Bazaar at the Walled Nursery.
- Nursery applies for Brown Tourist Sign and is refused by Kent County Council.
- Wettest year on record threatens futures of nurseries across the country.
- Campaign for Brown Tourist Sign continues with local media support and public petition. Campaign featured in Kent & Sussex Courier.
- Nursery grows flowers for Heather Appleton’s Russian State Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show which won Silver Gilt.
- Online Walled Nursery Gardening Club opens.
- Café opens.
- First commercial filmed at the Walled Nursery – an internet advert for O2.
- 'Memorial to a Memorial'. Installation by artist, Vivian Pedley, inspired by the men from the estate who died in the Great War. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-19206545
- Jacqui Ruthven, chief propagator at Sissinghurst Castle, joins The Walled Nursery as Head of Propagation.
- Emma discusses the plight of nurseries on Money Box Live on BBC Radio 4
- Inaugural Chelsea Fringe event at the Nursery.
- Wall of Pane Sponsorship Programme introduced for restoration of glasshouses.
- Lecture evenings and courses are introduced at the Nursery.
- Nursery is finally given a Brown Tourist Sign by Kent County Council, increasing visitors immediately.
- Dipingo Design creates greeting cards featuring photos of the Nursery.
- Our conservation of the glasshouses is featured on BBC South East Today News.
- Meridian Tonight News report on the Nursery's preparations for the autumn hurricane.
- Christmas storms batter the Walled Nursery. 300 panes of glass lost in Vinery. Melon House damaged by flooding.
- Request permission from Council to save Vinery using powder coated aluminium. Permission denied.
- Further storms and floods cause sinkholes and leave the glasshouses requiring extensive renovation.
- Repeated discussions with Council regarding saving Vinery with powder coated aluminium result in more refusals.
- The Walled Nursery welcomes the Changeling Theatre Company for the first of their annual open air performances at the Nursery.
- Astilbe & Sorrel Florist opens at the Nursery.
- The Walled Nursery is featured on BBC 2's gardening programme, Big Dreams, Small Spaces, with Monty Don.
- Petition started to save Vinery using powder coated aluminium.
- Carnation House end panel falls away. Roof now resting on rotten sill. All glass removed while structure awaits renovation.
- The shepherd's hut arrives at the Nursery.
- First Local Makers' Fair held in conjunction with Cranbrook Iron.
- Shortlisted to final three for The English Garden Future Fund bursary scheme.
- Featured in the Sunday Telegraph by Francine Raymond.
- All glass removed from Vinery for safety as condition deteriorates beyond repair. Total rebuild now necessary.