Gardens and parks in and around East Sussex

From the delicate beauty of roses in the garden at Bateman's to hidden gems like Smallhythe Place and Lamb House, to the Greek-inspired Delos at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, you’ll find summer gardens full of colour in and around East Sussex.

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Batemans Muberry Garden borders

Bateman's

Rudyard Kipling's poem 'The Glory of the Garden' celebrates gardeners and gardening. This summer, it has inspired a new poetry trail, gardening map and talks, plus events and activities. Borders around the house, Quarterdeck and beneath the pear alley are a riot of colour. Roses can be found in all areas of the garden, with the rose garden ablaze with colour.

Scotney Castle summer garden lavender

Scotney Castle

Summer highlights include kalmias, roses, hydrangeas, beautiful blue willow gentians and herbaceous borders. Roses tumble across the Old Castle ruin, and the Walled Garden is filled with wildflowers and fruit. To guarantee entry to the car park, please pre-book your parking tickets via the property website.

Sissinghurst Tower from the White Garden

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The Delos garden captures the spirit of the Mediterranean. The White Garden too is at its most magical at this time of year, with rose mulliganii creating a white canopy. Don’t miss the all-organic veg garden.

The garden at Lamb house in June

Lamb House

Colourful flower borders and paths fill this hidden garden retreat in Rye. Roses bloom and wisteria climbs the wall. Perennials and annuals provide colour right through to autumn. Open Friday to Tuesday, closed on Wednesdays & Thursdays.

The front entrance to Smallhythe Place, Kent, with flowers around the door and a climbing rose surrounding the window

Smallhythe Place

Over thirty rose varieties put on a colourful show throughout the summer months, complemented by the borders encircling the house and barn, with their wall trained climbing roses. Open Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.