Exhibition: Standen Revived - Mrs Beale's global garden

Historic image of standen from the croquet lawn

After 5 years the restoration and conservation project of the gardens at Standen is complete, reinstating the splendour of the original Arts and Crafts-inspired garden created by Margaret Beale at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. For those wishing to delve deeper into the history of the garden revival, this exhibition will look at the people and places that influenced Mrs Beale with the garden at Standen. Sat 6 May – Sun 3 Sept 11am-4pm.

A page from Mrs Beale's garden diary
Mrs Beales garden diary

On display will be items from the archive, including Mrs Beale’s garden diary, plant catalogues she collected on her world tour in 1906-7, letters she wrote to her father describing the plants she admired in Japan and correspondence with garden designer, neighbour and acquaintance, William Robinson. This is alongside catalogues from plant hunters James Veitch Sons, historic photos from the family archive and treasured gardening books from the family’s collection.

A historic photograph showing Standen from the upper lawn
Historic photograph from the upper lawn

With an in-depth look at the people and places that influenced her to develop the garden at Standen into a place of historic importance, it sets the scene for a closer look at the five years’ worth of work that has taken place in the Garden Revival and looks to the future for the garden now the revival is complete.

" I look back at photographs from before we started the restoration to remind myself of the remarkable changes the team of staff and volunteers has made since then. We have worked so hard to do justice to this lovely lost garden and make it shine again and I hope our visitors will enjoy discovering something new down every path and around each corner."
- James Masters, Head Gardener at Standen

As well as the exhibition inside the house, in key areas around the garden there will be displays showing how the garden has evolved over the years from certain vantage points. From 1891 when the first trees were planted in the Plantation to the views open today, visitors can see historic photos that show the evolution, growth and development over the last 126 years.

See Standen Revived - Mrs Beale's global garden exhibition from Saturday 6 May – Sunday 3 September, 11am-4pm. The exhibition is free but normal admission charges to the property apply (free for National Trust members).