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Bates Green Garden

Polegate

An English Garden planted in a naturalistic style that sits comfortably within its rural surroundings.

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Herstmonceux Castle Estate

Hailsham

Vast and well-kept estate with formal gardens.

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Denmans Garden

Fontwell

Stylish informal garden with Mediterranean planting.

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Driftwood

Seaford

A small garden that’s bursting with coastal plants.

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National Trust's Lamb House

Rye

Red-brick fronted house with literary associations - both Henry James and E. F. Benson lived here. Lamb House has a walled garden, one of the largest gardens in the old town of Rye; it was designed as we see it today by a friend of Henry James called Alfred Parsons.

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Merriments Gardens

Etchingham

With 4 acres of creative planting, this outstanding RHS Partner garden is awash with colour in all seasons.

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Farleys Sculpture Garden

Chiddingly

Sculpture Garden with beautiful views of the South Downs.

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National Trust's Sheffield Park and Garden

Uckfield

Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland.

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Sussex Prairie Garden

Henfield

Rich landscape of naturalistic wildflowers, shrubs and grasses.

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National Trust's Bateman's

Burwash

'That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman's. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer.

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Weald & Downland Living Museum

Chichester

Indoor and outdoor museum with beautifully recreated gardens of the past.

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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Horsham

240-acres of English woodland gardens where you'll find lakes, forests, and the famous Rock Garden.

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Rymans Garden

Chichester

A stunning garden encompassing walled gardens, beautifully manicured borders and topiary complete with a 15th Century stone house.

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Charleston House & Gardens

Lewes

A bohemian country house with walled garden.

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High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

Haywards Heath

A spectacular mix of native and cultivated planting.

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Borde Hill Garden

Haywards Heath

Elegant formal gardens, parkland and trees.

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Wakehurst

Haywards Heath

A stunning 500 acre wild botanic garden with a mix of ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve.

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West Dean Gardens

Chichester

"Many of us are striving to live ‘the good life’ but perhaps the best example of what can be achieved on UK soil is the walled garden at West Dean Gardens. Occupying a scenic stretch of East Sussex, the more than 100 acres are ideal for picnicing or those looking for things to do in Chichester with dogs, while the beautiful vistas are sure to blow all other Chichester date ideas out of the park. The walled kitchen garden has been painstakingly laid out exactly as it would be in Victorian times - be warned, you will get veg-patch envy. Four neat rows have been split between potatoes, brassicas, legumes and salads and root crops and all manner of fruits hang from the walls like delicious edible garlands. Elsewhere you’ll find the beautifully restored Victorian glasshouses, a 300 foot Edwardian pergola draped in climbing roses, honeysuckles and clematis and a landscaped park of mammoth proportions. The chalky soil might dictate what can be grown here, but that hasn’t been a hindrance judging by the abundance of produce and flowers on display. Make the most of your visit by sampling the produce in the West Dean Gardens cafe — a worthy reward after a long day’s wandering. "

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National Trust's Uppark House and Garden

Petersfield

Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel. Outside, the intimate gardens are being gradually restored to their original 19th-century design, with plenty of space in the adjacent meadow to play and relax with a picnic. The nearby woodland is great for exploring and den-building.

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Parham House & Gardens

Pulborough

The gardens consist of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden. There are stunning herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House.

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National Trust's Monk's House

Lewes

Leonard and Virginia Woolf's 17th-century country retreat. The Woolfs bought Monk's House for the 'shape and fertility and wildness of the garden'. Today, the lovely cottage garden contains a mix of flowers, vegetables, orchards, lawns and ponds.

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National Trust's Petworth

Petworth, West Sussex

A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. The landscape gives every impression of being totally natural but in reality, nothing is further from the truth. The park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

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National Trust's Standen House and Garden

East Grinstead

Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden.

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Great Dixter House & Garden

Rye

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

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National Trust's Nymans

Haywards Heath

A garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins.

Dog-friendly gardens

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Denmans Garden

Fontwell

Stylish informal garden with Mediterranean planting.

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Driftwood

Seaford

A small garden that’s bursting with coastal plants.

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National Trust's Uppark House and Garden

Petersfield

Perched on its vantage point high on the South Downs ridge, Uppark commands views as far south as the English Channel. Outside, the intimate gardens are being gradually restored to their original 19th-century design, with plenty of space in the adjacent meadow to play and relax with a picnic. The nearby woodland is great for exploring and den-building.

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Herstmonceux Castle Estate

Hailsham

Vast and well-kept estate with formal gardens.

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National Trust's Standen House and Garden

East Grinstead

Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden.

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Arundel Castle

Arundel

Today the stunning and inspirational walled gardens include the internationally renowned Collector Earl’s Garden, The Stumpery; the hot and cool Herbaceous Borders with contrasting foliage plants; and the Cut Flower Garden and Organic Kitchen Garden that supply the Castle with fresh fruit, vegetables and cut flowers.

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Farleys Sculpture Garden

Chiddingly

Sculpture Garden with beautiful views of the South Downs.

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Borde Hill Garden

Haywards Heath

Elegant formal gardens, parkland and trees.

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Sussex Prairie Garden

Henfield

Rich landscape of naturalistic wildflowers, shrubs and grasses.

King John’s Nursery & Gardens

Etchingham

There are eight-acres of gardens at King John’s Lodge that have captured the hearts of many a garden writer. As well as the gardens there is also a nursery, cafe, and shop.

Coates Manor House

Pulborough

Coates Manor has a small, neatly designed garden that crams a lifetime's learning into its plantings.

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Merriments Gardens

Etchingham

With 4 acres of creative planting, this outstanding RHS Partner garden is awash with colour in all seasons.

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Weald & Downland Living Museum

Chichester

Indoor and outdoor museum with beautifully recreated gardens of the past.

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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Horsham

240-acres of English woodland gardens where you'll find lakes, forests, and the famous Rock Garden.

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National Trust's Bateman's

Burwash

'That's She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her - quick!' was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman's. Surrounded by the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald, this 17th-century house, with its mullioned windows and oak beams, provided a much needed sanctuary to this world-famous writer.

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Rymans Garden

Chichester

A stunning garden encompassing walled gardens, beautifully manicured borders and topiary complete with a 15th Century stone house.

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National Trust's Petworth

Petworth, West Sussex

A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust. The landscape gives every impression of being totally natural but in reality, nothing is further from the truth. The park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

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National Trust's Monk's House

Lewes

Leonard and Virginia Woolf's 17th-century country retreat. The Woolfs bought Monk's House for the 'shape and fertility and wildness of the garden'. Today, the lovely cottage garden contains a mix of flowers, vegetables, orchards, lawns and ponds.

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Parham House & Gardens

Pulborough

The gardens consist of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden. There are stunning herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House.

Penns in the Rocks

Tunbridge Wells

Penns in the Rocks is an early 18th-century redbrick house, built for the family of William Penn of Pennsylvania. The late Lord Gibson was Chairman of the Arts Council, and of the National Trust. He and Lady Gibson remodelled the interior of the house, and with the help of Lanning Roper adapted the garden from Dorothy Wellesley's original design.

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National Trust's Sheffield Park and Garden

Uckfield

Acres of landscape garden bordered by historic parkland and woodland.

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West Dean Gardens

Chichester

"Many of us are striving to live ‘the good life’ but perhaps the best example of what can be achieved on UK soil is the walled garden at West Dean Gardens. Occupying a scenic stretch of East Sussex, the more than 100 acres are ideal for picnicing or those looking for things to do in Chichester with dogs, while the beautiful vistas are sure to blow all other Chichester date ideas out of the park. The walled kitchen garden has been painstakingly laid out exactly as it would be in Victorian times - be warned, you will get veg-patch envy. Four neat rows have been split between potatoes, brassicas, legumes and salads and root crops and all manner of fruits hang from the walls like delicious edible garlands. Elsewhere you’ll find the beautifully restored Victorian glasshouses, a 300 foot Edwardian pergola draped in climbing roses, honeysuckles and clematis and a landscaped park of mammoth proportions. The chalky soil might dictate what can be grown here, but that hasn’t been a hindrance judging by the abundance of produce and flowers on display. Make the most of your visit by sampling the produce in the West Dean Gardens cafe — a worthy reward after a long day’s wandering. "

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Wakehurst

Haywards Heath

A stunning 500 acre wild botanic garden with a mix of ornamental gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve.

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Bates Green Garden

Polegate

An English Garden planted in a naturalistic style that sits comfortably within its rural surroundings.

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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Horsham

240-acres of English woodland gardens where you'll find lakes, forests, and the famous Rock Garden.

Greenhouses

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Rymans Garden

Chichester

A stunning garden encompassing walled gardens, beautifully manicured borders and topiary complete with a 15th Century stone house.

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Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Horsham

240-acres of English woodland gardens where you'll find lakes, forests, and the famous Rock Garden.

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Denmans Garden

Fontwell

Stylish informal garden with Mediterranean planting.

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Borde Hill Garden

Haywards Heath

Elegant formal gardens, parkland and trees.

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West Dean Gardens

Chichester

"Many of us are striving to live ‘the good life’ but perhaps the best example of what can be achieved on UK soil is the walled garden at West Dean Gardens. Occupying a scenic stretch of East Sussex, the more than 100 acres are ideal for picnicing or those looking for things to do in Chichester with dogs, while the beautiful vistas are sure to blow all other Chichester date ideas out of the park. The walled kitchen garden has been painstakingly laid out exactly as it would be in Victorian times - be warned, you will get veg-patch envy. Four neat rows have been split between potatoes, brassicas, legumes and salads and root crops and all manner of fruits hang from the walls like delicious edible garlands. Elsewhere you’ll find the beautifully restored Victorian glasshouses, a 300 foot Edwardian pergola draped in climbing roses, honeysuckles and clematis and a landscaped park of mammoth proportions. The chalky soil might dictate what can be grown here, but that hasn’t been a hindrance judging by the abundance of produce and flowers on display. Make the most of your visit by sampling the produce in the West Dean Gardens cafe — a worthy reward after a long day’s wandering. "

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Parham House & Gardens

Pulborough

The gardens consist of beautiful Pleasure Grounds and a four-acre Walled Garden. There are stunning herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, orchard and a 1920s Wendy House.

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Michelham Priory

Hailsham

Michelham Priory founded in 1229 is a historic property nestled deep in the Sussex countryside and offers much to interest visitors of all ages. The 7-acre gardens are a subtle balance of formal and naturalistic planting styles, combining both historic and contemporary features.

Town Place Gardens

Haywards Heath

Town Place is a 3-acre garden with a growing international reputation for the quality of its design, planting and gardening. Set round a C17 Sussex farmhouse (not open), the garden has over 600 roses, herbaceous borders, herb garden, topiary inspired by the sculptures of Henry Moore, ornamental grasses, an 800 year old oak, potager, and a unique 'ruined' Priory Church and Cloisters, in hornbeam.

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