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. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Mrs Beale developed her hillside garden so that it looked like a natural part of the High Weald landscape.

It offers the opportunity to explore a rich collection of rare plants 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. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Mrs Beale developed her hillside garden so that it looked like a natural part of the High Weald landscape.

It offers the opportunity to explore a rich collection of rare plants 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. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Mrs Beale developed her hillside garden so that it looked like a natural part of the High Weald landscape.

It offers the opportunity to explore a rich collection of rare plants 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. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Mrs Beale developed her hillside garden so that it looked like a natural part of the High Weald landscape. 

It offers the opportunity to explore a rich collection of rare plants 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. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Mrs Beale developed her hillside garden so that it looked like a natural part of the High Weald landscape.

It offers the opportunity to explore a rich collection of rare plants 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.

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. Pick up a walk from reception, grab your wellies and head for Rockinghill or Hollybush woods.

What to look out for this spring...

  • Our daffodil and crocus bulbs burst into bloom from February onwards.
  • Dustings of small and delicate snowdrops can be spotted in hidden corners around the garden until March.
  • A variety of magnolias and camellias bring splashes of pink and white colour to the Camellia Steps and Quarry Garden.
  • Step into the Kitchen Garden and you’ll see garlic stems and crimson rhubarb stalks emerging from the soil.
  • Head to the beds by the House Terrace and Quarry Garden to see our acers shine with newly unfurled spring foliage.

Kitchen garden

Standen Kitchen Garden barrow © Claire Onslow

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. Why not try one of our recipes?

Garden plant sales

Standen plant centre © National Trust

Buy seasonal plants, flowers and vegetables grown in our Nursery and Kitchen Garden. You can find them displayed outside the shop and at the far end of the Kitchen Garden.

 

Rosery

The Rosery in the 1920s © National Trust

Our Rosery is currently undergoing an exciting 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 © National Trust/Fiona Fisher

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.

Coming soon...

Tulip festival 
Mid April - mid May

Standen’s garden will be ablaze with 8,000 bright blooming tulips.  We have never had so many of these flowers on show in our garden, so don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy the display.

Our rich and varied plant collection

Our top 10 plants

The delicate flowers of this Rosa banksia put on a glorious show in spring © Christine Cole

From the attractive Chilean lantern tree near the Quarry Garden to the Spiny bear's breech on the House Terrace, Standen has a diverse collection of unusual and eye-catching plants for all seasons. Our list of top 10 plants include many key varieties from Margaret Beale's original collection as well as some popular modern ones.

Rare acers

Acers in the garden at Standen © James Masters

Many of the acers in our collection are the original plants Margaret Beale introduced to the garden following her world tour to Japan in 1906-7, including Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum.  Delicate leaves in lovely golden, red and green hues change colour throughout the seasons, but look particularly striking in the autumn months.

Vibrant rhododendrons

Some striking flowers of Rhododendron Sappho at Standen © National Trust/Nick Delves

In late spring, Standen comes alive with vibrant colour, particularly around the Croquet Lawn and in Rhododendron Dell.  Look out for varieties such as Rhododendron ‘Sappho', Rhododendron Augustinii Augustinii and Rhododendron Luteum.

Award winning camellias

Camellia Japonica Nobilissima on the Camellia Steps at Standen © National Trust

The Camellia Steps that run down the side of the Quarry Garden is the obvious place to head if you want to see a vivid splash of colour in the winter and spring months. Here you will find a varied collection of sweetly scented flowers, including our award winning Camellia Japonica ‘Nobilissima’ .  

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