Standen Revival is a five year project to recreate the historic gardens at Standen. Margaret Beale was a keen and reputable plantswoman who created a unique and personal garden inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement.
Follow our progress to recreate this beautiful garden.
What's happening now
- Clearing and preparing the Top Terrace for new planting schemes
- Revealing new views towards Weirwood Reservoir and the Ashdown Forest from the top of the garden
- Marking out and digging new beds for the extended Kitchen Garden. Opening to visitors in Spring 2014
- Pruning of overgrown trees and shrubs in the Quarry Garden to recreate this once renowned rock garden
- Planting nearly 10,000 spring bulbs around the garden
Tour the garden to find out more
Our new garden walk leaflet highlights the history of the garden and our restoration plans over the next few years. Pick up a copy from reception during your visit.
We want to share this exciting project with as many people as we can so join a garden tour, visit the potting shed exhibition, or follow us on Facebook for the latest news.
Inspired by the historic records of the original 1910 design, we've cleared the top terrace of inappropriate trees and shrubs planted after the 1987 storms. Whilst retaining the new views that have been opened up, we will start to replant this area in November. Come and see the changes and enjoy stunning views across to Ashdown Forest.
Increased popularity of rock gardens in the 19th century led to the quarry garden at Standen being created after the sandstone was taken for the building of the house. Designed and built by James Backhouse III, 535 different varieties of plant including alpines and ferns were planted. We aim to re-establish the right environment here with new tree ferns recently reinstated.
Extending the productive area of the garden will be done in stages. In Spring 2014 we will be opening up the first extension of the kitchen garden which will include rhubarb and asparagus beds to supply our Barn Café. We are researching and sourcing suitable apple cultivars with an emphasis on local Sussex strains.