Gardens to visit this summer

Liz Nicholls

Kate Harrison of the National Open Garden Scheme invites us to enjoy some pockets of paradise in West Sussex.

Whitehanger

Marley Lane, Haslemere, GU27 3PY

National Open Garden Scheme_Whitehanger

Thanks to The National Garden Scheme, last year garden-lovers helped raise more than £3 million for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Carers Trust & Parkinson’s UK.

Whitehanger is just one of the beautiful gardens open this month. Set in six acres on the edge of the South Downs National Park and surrounded by NT woodland, this rural garden was started in 2012 when a new Huf house was built on a derelict site. There are now lawned areas with beds of perennials, a serenity pool with koi carp, a wildflower meadow, a Japanese garden, a sculpture garden, a woodland walk, a large rockery and an exotic walled garden.

Plan your visit

Whitehanger is open on Sunday 7th & Sunday 21st August, 10.30am-3.30pm. Entry is £6.50 and you need to book here. Groups of between five and thirty can also visit by arrangement throughout August, September and October.

Details of all the gardens open in West Sussex can be found on the National Garden Scheme Website or in the National Garden Scheme yellow booklet.

54 Elmleigh

Midhurst, Sussex, GU29 9HA

National Open Garden Scheme_54 Elmleigh

Another lovely local garden opening is at 54 Elmleigh, this property has a terraced front garden leading to a heavily planted rear garden with majestic 120-year-old black pines, shrubs and perennials, packed with interest around every corner, providing all-season colours. There are many raised beds, sculptures, vegetables in boxes, a greenhouse, pond and hedgehogs in residence as well as a large collection of tree lilies, growing 8-10ft.

Plan your visit

Open on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August, 11am-5pm. Entry is £4 (children free) and you’ll find homemade teas: It’s also open by arrangement throughout August; click here.

Fittleworth House

Bedham Lane, Pulborough, RH20 1JH

National Open Garden Scheme_Fittleworth House

This three-acre, tranquil, romantic, country garden also a walled kitchen garden growing a wide range of fruit, vegetables and flowers, a large glasshouse and old potting shed, mixed flower borders, roses, rhododendrons and lawns. There’s a magnificent 115ft tall cedar overlooking a wisteria-covered Grade II listed Georgian house (not open), wild garden, long grass areas and pond, stream and rock garden.

Plan your visit

Fittleworth is open on Wednesday, 10th August, 2-5pm. Entry is £5 (children free) and you’ll find homemade teas: Pre-book or pay on the day. It’s also open by arrangement: book here.

Details of all the gardens open in West Sussex can be found on the National Garden Scheme Website or in the National Garden Scheme yellow booklet.

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