Gardens

An Arts and Crafts inspired garden

View of Standen house from the upper garden  © James Masters

View of Standen house from the upper garden

Divided into many outdoor 'rooms', each with its own theme, colours, texture and detail, the 12 acre garden at Standen is almost entirely the creation of a self-taught gardener - Margaret Beale.

Set on a hillside in the High Weald, it is full of many surprises and is currently undergoing a major restoration, known as Standen Revival.

An Arts and Crafts inspired garden

View of the house and garden at Standen © James Masters

View of the house and garden at Standen

Divided into many outdoor 'rooms', each with its own theme, colours, texture and detail, the 12 acre garden at Standen is almost entirely the creation of a self-taught gardener - Margaret Beale.

Set on a hillside in the High Weald, it is full of many surprises and is currently undergoing a major restoration, known as Standen Revival.

An Arts and Crafts inspired garden

Arts and Crafts planting in the house courtyard © National Trust/Fiona Fisher

Arts and Crafts planting in the house courtyard

Divided into many outdoor 'rooms', each with its own theme, colours, texture and detail, the 12 acre garden at Standen is almost entirely the creation of a self-taught gardener - Margaret Beale.

Set on a hillside in the High Weald, it is full of many surprises and is currently undergoing a major restoration, known as Standen Revival.

An Arts and Crafts inspired garden

Croquet lawn at Standen © James Masters

Croquet lawn at Standen

Divided into many outdoor 'rooms', each with its own theme, colours, texture and detail, the 12 acre garden at Standen is almost entirely the creation of a self-taught gardener - Margaret Beale.

Set on a hillside in the High Weald, it is full of many surprises and is currently undergoing a major restoration, known as Standen Revival.

An Arts and Crafts inspired garden

View of the house from the main lawn © Phil Marsden

View of the house from the main lawn

Divided into many outdoor 'rooms', each with its own theme, colours, texture and detail, the 12 acre garden at Standen is almost entirely the creation of a self-taught gardener - Margaret Beale.

Set on a hillside in the High Weald, it is full of many surprises and is currently undergoing a major restoration, known as Standen Revival.

History of the garden

Created between 1891 and 1910 by Margaret Beale, the garden was a voyage of discovery for a plantswoman who had 12 acres of garden to play with and a world of new plants from which to choose.

What's worth a visit

The acers and maples are showing the last of their autumn colour, but winter is the perfect opportunity to see the garden's structure, as designed by Philip Webb, George Simpson and Margaret Beale.

Woodland and estate

 Our wider estate of 100 acres includes ancient meadow and woodlands to be explored, with wildlife and wild flowers to be seen.  

Kitchen garden

Standen Kitchen Garden barrow

Margaret Beale supplied her family and servants with a variety of fruits and vegetables from the Kitchen Garden. Recently extended, the kitchen garden now supplies our café with seasonal produce.

Rosery

The Rosery in the 1920s

Margaret Beale's Rosery is currently undergoing a revival.  We are restoring the swimming pond, some circular rose beds and a wooden trellis for growing climbing roses and clematis.

Top terrace

View of Ashdown Forest from the summerhouse on the Top Terrace

We have recently replanted the Top Terrace with 500 Scots pine and silver birch trees, restoring Margaret Beale's original outlook which reflects the wider landscape of Ashdown Forest.

 

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