Summer in the garden at Uppark

Out in the gardens of Uppark you can explore the tranquil gardens that lead the eye to endless views over the South Downs and out to sea.

The influence of Humphry Repton

The garden at Uppark was shaped by the prominent garden designer Humphry Repton, who created plans around 1810 for Uppark’s then owner Sir Harry Fetherstonhaugh.  

Although not all of Repton’s designs were implemented, he is thought to have been responsible for the game larder and the Borghese vase on top of the mound, as well as for relocating the main approach to the house to where is it today.

" It would appear presumptive of me to suggest any improvement or alteration to a place which possesses so many natural advantages as Uppark."
- Humphry Repton, landscape gardener and designer (1752-1818)

Discover our scented garden tucked away by the drive to the house, with lilies and philadelphus smelling particularly sweet in the summer. Wander through the wide glade with its summer border, settle down on a bench and relax in this quiet space whilst taking in the herbaceous borders bursting with colour and life with daylillies, Jacobs ladder and foxgloves.

Jacob's Ladder flowering in the garden at Uppark
Jacob's Ladder flowering in the garden at Uppark, West Sussex
Jacob's Ladder flowering in the garden at Uppark

Stretch your legs

In early summer, thousands of native wildflowers appear amongst the soft waving grasses of Uppark’s garden meadow. Set on chalk grassland, the meadow supports a huge variety of wildflowers, from the pretty lilac-blue field scabious to ox-eye daisies and yellow rattle.

Flower-filled garden meadow at Uppark
Flower-filled garden meadow at Uppark
Flower-filled garden meadow at Uppark

The meadow is managed in a traditional manner, and sections of it are cut for hay in high summer. Grass paths are cut through the meadow so that visitors can wander right into its heart, and enjoy listening to the hum of insects in the summer sun.

Perfect for picnics

You're welcome to bring your own food to enjoy as a picnic in the South Meadow and take in the views across the South Downs.  

Please do remember to pick up any litter once you've finished and take it home.