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Pink magnolias in front of Nymans house on a sunny day.
In spring magnolias bloom all over the garden. | © National Trust Images / Gary Cosham

Gardens in Sussex

Beautiful gardens are found all over Sussex. The romantic gardens at Nymans and Bateman's; and Capability Brown landscapes at Sheffield Park and Petworth are all yours to explore.

Spring gardens in Sussex

From waxy magnolias to swathes of cheerful daffodils, here are the best spring moments in Sussex that we've all been waiting for.

Blossom trees and spring flowers pack the wall garden in spring

Spring at Nymans 

The Wall Garden at Nymans is brim-full of spring bulbs and blossom, around the centrepiece of the Italianate marble fountain. It’s a touch of heaven after the long winter, to take in the spring blossom and catch magnolias in flower. Later on in May, it’s the turn of the tall purple alliums in the borders to take centre stage, matched only by dusky mauve wisteria, tumbling on the pergolas and rare rhododendrons and azaleas.

A mother and child walk hand in hand through the garden at Sheffield Park, East Sussex.

Spring at Sheffield Park and Garden 

With its shimmering sweeps of lake, woodlands glowing with bluebells, bustling rhododendrons and a vast parkland you can lose yourself in, Sheffield Park is the perfect spot to energise in spring. Walk Wood reopens in April and May to allow visitors to wander this hugely popular and tranquil spot, filled with bluebells.

Espalier apple tree with blossom at Standen, West Sussex

Spring at Standen 

Banks of jewel-like daffodils, camassias, fritillaries and other spring bulbs flower in the garden at Standen from March to May. There are beautiful views, across swathes of daffodils, of the Arts & Crafts design of the house. Some of the finest trees at Standen are the large espalier apple trees in the lower Kitchen Garden. The bluebells in Rockinghill Wood at Standen are spectacular in late April.

The rotunda with yellow daffodils in the foreground in Petworth's pleasure garden.

Spring Festival at Petworth 

Experience the arrival of spring at Petworth with a sensational new festival featuring talks, demonstrations, art and craft workshops, family activities and an enhanced display of radiant daffodils. The Spring Festival will run from 23 March to 14 April. Normal admission applies.

Landscape-designed gardens in Sussex

Discover the top Sussex gardens designed or influenced by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown or Humphry Repton.

Rhododendrons at Sheffield Park and Garden

The garden at Sheffield Park and Garden 

Explore a horticultural work of art at Sheffield Park in East Sussex, formed through centuries of landscape design, famed for its autumn colour but beautiful in every season.

The Ionic Rotunda in the Pleasure Garden at Petworth House, West Sussex, with green lawn and avenue of trees

The Pleasure Garden at Petworth 

Petworth’s Pleasure Grounds and majestic deer park are one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s finest unspoilt landscapes, full of vistas and impressive features such as the Doric Temple and woodland walk.

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    House reflected in the mill pond at Bateman's, East Sussex

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