The Gardens at Bateman's

Bateman's sits nestled in the High Weald countryside, surrounded by fields and woodland. The garden that made Rudyard Kipling feel like an English country gentleman includes a river running through a wild flower meadow, a watermill, orchard and a formal rose garden.

The lily pond in September at Bateman's, East Sussex
Rudyard Kipling's children John and Elsie at Bateman's

The Kipling's garden 

The Kipling’s lived at Bateman's from 1902 until 1936 and during this time they gradually bought the surrounding farm land, which now comprises the 300-acre estate. The 12-acre garden nestles comfortably in the centre of the estate.

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Seasonal highlights

Batemans Garden Spring

Spring

The garden comes to life with a succession of spring flowers to delight the senses from the earliest snowdrops and Narcissi to flowering trees and shrubs. The vegetable garden lies ready to receive the earliest sowings of vegetables, which we grow for the Tea-room, to provide the freshest and most local produce possible.

Pink roses in the Orchard

Summer

Wildflowers adorn the banks of the river running through the garden. The Mulberry Garden borders are a highlight with the combination of ornamental and edible plants. The roses are in full bloom, in the Orchard and the fragrant rose walk with climbers and ramblers. The crowning glory must be the Lily Pond and Rose Garden, designed by Kipling and home to 3 varieties of floribunda roses.

Red apples on a branch

Autumn

The apples and pears in the Orchard turn vibrant shades of red, green and russet as the fruit ripens. The Wild Garden’s on fire with autumn colours; look out for Amelanchiers, Azaleas, Liquidamber and the Katsura tree, with leaves that smell like toffee apples.

Red winter berries growing in the garden at Bateman's

Winter

Glossy greens of winter foliage, interspersed with the occasional splashes of colour, especially in the spring borders. Evergreen shrubs such as camellias, viburnums, aucuba, magnolia grandiflora and holly can be found in the borders by the house and in the wild garden.

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