Gardens & parks: Sussex
Want to see pioneering gardening techniques in action? Or stroll through pleasure grounds perfect for picnics? It's all available at the parks and gardens we look after in Sussex. Have a look the highlights below.
Nymans is a garden of beauty, colour and surprise all year round, set against a romantic house and ruins. The spirit of experimentation that characterised Nymans during its lifetime continues today with the team pioneering green gardening techniques.
An informal landscape garden with lakes and cascades, and plenty of space to explore or picnic. Open all year, Sheffield Park and Garden won’t disappoint - with dramatic spring and autumn colour, plus azaleas and rhododendrons in early summer.
At Petworth you'll find pleasure grounds full of daffodils in spring and a 700-acre deer park landscape by ‘Capability’ Brown and immortalised in Turner’s paintings. There's so much space here to play, walk, picnic, explore or simply enjoy the scenery.
This varied landscape is of international significance for its beautiful botanic gardens and tree collections, maintained by Kew Gardens. Wakehurst Place is also known for its science-based plant conservation and research.
Bateman's is home to the garden that made Kipling feel like a true English country gentleman. It's a garden of two halves - with formal lawns, clipped yews and a pond, alongside a wild flower meadow with a river running through it and its own watermill.
Beyond the house at Standen is a pretty and intimate hillside garden, full of colour, that’s the perfect escape. For adventure, try the natural play area or follow a trail through the wider wooded Standen estate.
Uppark has a small relaxing garden but also it enjoys some of the biggest views in the county. To the south of the house is the meadow – a perfect spot to play and stunning in spring. Nearby Harting Down also offers space to escape.
Woolbeding Garden is only accessible via pre-booked tours but we think this hidden gem is worth it. Formal garden rooms surround the house, yet a short walk over open pasture reveals another world of fantasy and magic with a ruined abbey, Chinese bridge and waterfall.