The garden at Arlington Court

Looking over the goldfish pond towards the conservatory

From the ever-changing display of flowers in the formal Victorian Garden to the picture perfect pleasure grounds, Arlington looks beautiful whatever the season.

Victorian Garden

The formal Victorian Garden you see today was developed in the early 19th century and includes herbaceous borders, basket beds filled with colourful annuals, an attractive fountain surrounded by arched trellises, beds of seasonal planting and banks of colourful azaleas.

On the top terrace is a conservatory used to grow a variety of plants from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, countries Miss Chichester visited on her world tour in the 1920s.

Dahlia 'Glow' in the Walled Garden
Dahlia 'Glow' in the Walled Garden at Arlington Court
Dahlia 'Glow' in the Walled Garden

Walled Kitchen Garden

Since the early 90's we have slowly restored the kitchen garden: the walls have been recapped, paths reinstated, the central dipping pond cleared and a lean-to greenhouse rebuilt.

Fruit trees have been trained along the walls and a soft-fruit cage erected. Flowers are grown especially for dispaly in the house. Produce from the garden is made into jams and chutneys sold in the shop when it's open.

Reflections in the wildnerness pond
Reflections in the wilderness pond
Reflections in the wildnerness pond

The pleasure grounds and park

The grounds surrounding the house at Arlington are set in the picturesque style. Parkland was introduced and planting within the Pleasure Grounds was used to frame a series of designed views. The Wilderness Pond provides shimmering light, whilst Deerpark Wood presents contrasting shade.

The pond in the pleasure grounds at Arlington Court

History of the pleasure grounds at Arlington Court

Find out about the evolution of the pleasure grounds at Arlington Court from the late eighteenth century to the present day, including Trust ownership and management.