West Sussex gardens open in June

With summer now underway, it’s a great time to get out and explore the range of National Garden Scheme gardens opening during June…

Foxwood Barn, Fontwell

From a green field site 5 yrs ago, this almost 2 acre garden has been developed into different areas inc a wildlife pond, rose and gravel garden, patio areas and a dry riverbed. There are herbaceous borders, wildflower areas and a small orchard and kitchen garden. A separate picnic area adjacent to a paddock with donkeys and ponies. Opens Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June.

Bumble Farm, Loxwood

Delightful large country garden. Passionately and imaginatively created by enthusiastic owner over the past 20 yrs. An interesting garden with a series of circular lawns surrounded by borders, full of mass drift, repeat planting of harmonious perennials, roses, shrubs, and more. A newly developed white garden, wisteria pergola, kitchen and cutting garden, fountains and various seating areas. Opens Saturday 1st, 15th and Sunday 16th June.

Knepp Castle, West Grinstead

The Walled Garden at Knepp has been transformed into a garden for biodiversity. With designers Tom Stuart-Smith and James Hitchmough, we have applied some of the principles we’ve learned from rewilding the wider landscape to this small, confined space to create a mosaic of dynamic habitats for wildlife. The croquet lawn is now a riot of humps and hollows, hosting almost 1000 species of plants. Opens Saturday 1st June, pre-booking essential.

Bignor Park, Pulborough

11 acres of peaceful garden to explore with magnificent views of the South Downs. Interesting trees, shrubs, wildflower areas with swathes of daffodils in spring. The walled flower garden has been replanted with herbaceous borders. Temple, Greek loggia, Zen pond and unusual sculptures. Opens Tuesday 4th June.

The Old Vicarage, Washington

Gardens of 3½ acres set around 1832 Regency house (not open). The front is formally laid out with topiary, wide lawn, mixed border and contemporary water sculpture. The rear features new and mature trees from C19, herbaceous borders, water garden and stunning uninterrupted views of the North Downs. The Japanese garden with waterfall and pond leads to a large copse, stream, treehouse and stumpery. Opens every Thursday in June and Sunday 30th June. Pre-booking essential.

1 Pest Cottage, Midhurst

This edge of woodland, architect’s studio garden of approx ¾ acre sits on a sloping sandy site. Designed to support wildlife and biodiversity, a series of outdoor living spaces connected with informal paths through lightly managed areas, creates a charming secret world tucked into the surrounding common land. The garden spaces have made a very small house (not open) into a hospitable family home. Opens Friday 7th and Sunday 9th June.

Peelers Retreat, Arundel

This inspirational space is a delight with plenty of shaded areas to sit and relax, enjoying delicious teas. Interlocking beds packed with year-round colour and scent, shaded by specimen trees, inventive water feature inc a rill, raised fish pond, working Victorian fireplace and woodland sculptures. Opens Saturday 8th, Tuesday 18th and Saturday 22nd June.

4 Hillside Cottages, West Stoke

In a rural setting this stunning garden is densely planted with mixed borders and shrubs. Large collection of roses, clematis, fuchsias and dahlias, a profusion of colour and scent in a well maintained garden. Opens Sunday 9th June.

The Old Rectory, Barnham

Scratch built in June 2019 after the 300m² garden was removed down to 40cm, then new topsoil and returfed. By summer 2021 the garden was well established. Some formal areas and a range of plants with acers, salvias, lilies, roses, cypresses and boxes. New flower bed, new trees and plants added in 2023. If June 2024 is as glorious as 2023 then our garden will be spectacular. Opens Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June with The Shrubbery.

The Shrubbery, Barnham

¼ acre plot with mature trees, shrubs, wildflower lawn, roses, agapanthus and dahlias in front garden leading to walled back garden of mixed colourful borders, soft fruit, sculpture and large collection of hostas. Many colourful pots, wall baskets and greenhouse. Ideas and points of interest throughout. Opens Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June with The Old Rectory.

Sandhill Farm House, Rogate

Front and rear gardens broken up into garden rooms inc small kitchen garden. Front garden with small woodland area, planted with early spring flowering shrubs, ferns and bulbs. White and green garden, large leaf border and terraced area. Rear garden has rose borders, small decorative vegetable garden, red border and grasses border. Opens Sunday 9th June.

Fittleworth House, Filttleworth

3 acre tranquil, romantic, country garden with walled kitchen garden growing a wide range of fruit, vegetables and flowers inc a large collection of dahlias. Large glasshouse and old potting shed, mixed flower borders, roses, rhododendrons and lawns. Magnificent 115ft tall cedar overlooks wisteria covered Grade II listed Georgian house (not open). Wild garden, long grass areas and stream. Opens Wednesday 12th and 19th June.

Five Oaks Cottage, Petworth

An acre of delicate jungle surrounding an Arts and Crafts style cottage (not open) with stunning views of the South Downs. Our unconventional garden is designed to encourage maximum wildlife with a knapweed and hogweed meadow on clay attracting clouds of butterflies, plus two small ponds and lots of seating. Opens Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. Pre-booking essential.

Durford Abbey Barn, Petersfield

A 1 acre plot with areas styled with cottage garden, prairie and shady borders set in the South Downs National Park with views of the Downs. Opens Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June.

Lordington House, Lordington

Early C17 house (not open) and walled gardens in South Downs National Park. Clipped yew, lawns, borders and fine views. Vegetables, fruit and poultry in the kitchen garden. 100+ roses planted since 2008. Trees both mature and young. Lime avenue planted in 1973 to replace elms. Wild flowers in field outside walls, accessible from garden. Opens Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June.

Oaklands Farm, Shipley

Country garden designed by Nigel Philips in 2010. Oak lined drive leading to the house (not open) and farm opens out to an enclosed courtyard with pleached hornbeam and yew. The herbaceous borders are colourful throughout the yr. Vegetable garden with raised beds and greenhouse with white peach and vine. Opens Saturday 15th June.

Down Place, South Harting

Set on the South Downs with panoramic views out to the undulating wooded countryside. The garden merges seamlessly into its surrounding landscape with rose and herbaceous borders that have been moulded into the sloping ground. There is a well-stocked vegetable garden and walks shaded by beech trees which surround the natural wildflower meadow where various native orchids flourish. Opens Sunday 16th and Monday 17th June.

Warnham Park, Warnham

The garden is situated in the middle of a 200 acre Deer Park, which has a very special herd of Red Deer husbanded by the Lucas Family for over 150 yrs. Borders with traditional planting and a kitchen garden that is prolific most of the yr. The rest of the garden comprises different spaces inc a small white garden, a Moroccan courtyard and a walled garden. Opens Thursday 20th and Sunday 23rd June.

Parsonage Farm, Kirdford

Major garden in beautiful setting developed over 30 yrs with fruit theme and many unusual plants. Formally laid out on grand scale with long vistas. C18 walled garden with borders in apricot, orange, scarlet and crimson. Topiary walk, pleached lime allée, tulip tree avenue, rose borders and vegetable garden with trained fruit. Turf amphitheatre, autumn shrubbery, yew cloisters and jungle walk. Opens Friday 21st June.

The Folly, Charlton

Colourful cottage garden surrounding a C16 period house (not open), set in pretty downland village of Charlton, close to Levin Down Nature Reserve. Herbaceous borders well-stocked with a wide range of plants. Variety of perennials, grasses, annuals and shrubs to provide long season of colour and interest. Old well. Busy bees. Opens Sunday 23rd June.

Rymans, Apuldram

Walled and other gardens surrounding C15 stone house (not open); bulbs, flowering shrubs, roses, ponds, and potager. Many unusual and rare trees and shrubs. In late spring the wisterias are spectacular. Hybrid musk roses fill the walled garden in June and in late summer the garden is filled with dahlias, sedums, late roses, sages and Japanese anemones. Opens Sunday 23rd June.

Brambletye, Bramber

A quiet south facing garden on the edge of the South Downs, designed with a prairie effect in mind to attract pollinators and birds. A mix of spring and early summer flowering bulbs, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and roses. There is a small sunken area with raised beds for vegetables and herbs. Opens with Nightingale House on Wednesday 26th June.

Nightingale House, Steyning

Recently redesigned and replanted cottage garden with many perennials and summer annuals. Super new greenhouse and a bespoke metal screen with climbing roses and clematis. The garden is still a work in progress, come and see how it is developing! Opens with Brambletye on Wednesday 26th June.

St Mary's House Gardens, Bramber

5 acres inc formal topiary, large prehistoric Ginkgo biloba and magnificent Magnolia grandiflora around enchanting timber-framed medieval house (not open for NGS). Victorian Secret Gardens inc splendid 140ft fruit wall with pineapple pits, Rural Museum, Terracotta Garden, Jubilee Rose Garden, King’s Garden and circular Poetry Garden. Woodland walk and Landscape Water Garden. Opens Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June.

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