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Great Dixter
An innovative garden surrounding an historic, half-timbered house. Famed for its Long Border running along a terrace at the front of the house and a Topiary Lawn, Great Dixter has much more to offer. The rose garden was ripped out and replaced with a tropical garden with cannas and many flamboyant plants, and this before the current fashion for such gardens. This is the Great Dixter edge; to be at the forefront, to be original. The plantsmanship is unsurpassed and the handling of plants and colour innovative. A wonderful garden.

Address: , West Sussex
Open- 2.00pm to 5.00pm Tuesday to Sunday from mid-April to mid-October
Closed- Closed Mondays (except Bank holidays) and from mid-Otcober to mid-April
Entrance fee- GBP4.00, children GBP1.00
Facilities- WC, Teas, Plants for sale, Gift shop
Owner- Mr Christopher Lloyd
Tel +44 (1797) 252878; Fax +44(1797)252879

Denmans

Denmans Garden, Sussex

Denmans Garden, West Sussex
An important 1.5 heactare (3.5 acres) garden developed by the late Joyce Robinson and, since 1980, John Brookes. Drammatic foliage and planting in gravel make for an informal, striking garden.

Address: Fontwell, Arundel BN18 0SU, West Sussex
Open- 9.00am to 5.00pm daily all year
Entrance fee- Yes
Facilities- WC, cafe, shop, plants for sale
Owner- John Brookes Limted
Tel +44 (1243) 542808

Nymans

The double borders at Nymans

Nymans
This is a garden of contrasts from the parkland, with a fascinating collection of trees (many replacements since the hurricanes of the late 1980's) to the collections of magnolia and eucryphia, some named after the garden or the Messel family, to the flambouyant double border which are blaze colour each summer. There are quiet areas and there are sometimes crowds. A lovely, special garden.

Address: Horsham, West Sussex
Open- 11.00am to 6.00pm (or dusk if earlier) Wednesday to Sunady, and Bank Holiday Mondays, from March to October; 11.00am to 6.00pm (or dusk if earlier) Saturday and Sunday from October to end February
Closed- Monday and Tuesday all (except Bank Holiday Mondays) and Wednesday to Thursday from October to February
Entrance fee- Yes
Facilities- Restaurant, Gift shop, Plants for sale, WC
Owner- The National Trust
Tel +44 (1444) 400321; Fax +44 (1444) 400253

Sissinghurst Castle
The garden created by Vita Sackville West and her husband, Harold Nicolson. From the complex and famous White Garden to the simplicity of the Moat Walk, the brilliant hues of the Purple Border to the tremendous mass of bloom and the beauty of the Rose Garden, this garden has many faces and something for every gardener. The planting is masterly and the maintenance impeccable. A jewel of a garden and one of which it would be hard to tire. It is, however, extremely popular and can be crowded despite the 'timed ticket' entrance, try to visit at less popular times (April, September & October, or on Saturdays and weekdays after 4.00pm) to really get the feel of this special garden.

Address: Sissinghurst, Kent
Open- 1.0pm-6.30pm Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm Saturday to Sunday and Good Friday 1 April to mid-October
Closed- Mondays, including Bank Holidays and every day from mid-Octber to 31 March
Entrance fee- Yes
Facilities- gift shop, restaurant, exhibition, woodland walks, WC
Owner- The National Trust
Tel +44 1580 715330; Infoline +44 1580 712850; Fax +44 1580 713911


Bury Court
Innovative planting in the old farm courtyard complements the buildings and cobbled paths. Wonderful use of perennials, grasses designed by Piet Oudolf surround a striking modern sculpture in a raised pool. Home to Green Farm Plants which sells special plants

Address: Bentley, nr Farnham, Surrey GU10 5LZ
Open- 10.00am-6.00pm Thursday to Saturday late March to end October
Closed- Good Friday
Entrance fee- GBP0.50 adult
Facilities- WC, teas, gift shop, wheelchairs access, Plant nursery (Green Farm Plants)
Owner- Marina Christopher and John Coke
Directions-
Tel +44(1420)23202; Fax +44(1420)22382

Bury Court
Bury Court, Surrey


Penshurst Place

An immensely historic garden surrounding an absolutely enormous house. The garden incorporates a number of styles, from severely formal, to lovely plantings through old orchards and more convential flower beds. There is a some garish flag garden planted as a Union Jack. Hours can be spent exploring the delights of the lovely Penshurst Place, there are so many stunning plantings and ideas and one envies the scope for theatrical effects and special spaces. The peony border is just wonderful. Thoroughly recommend it.

Address: Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent
Open- Saturday- Sunday during March; 11.00am-6.00pm daily end March to end October
Closed- Monday to Saturday in March
Entrance fee- Yes
Owner- Lord de L'Isle
Tel +44 1892 870307

Penshurst
Penshurst Place, Kent

Polesden Lacy
Developed over many years, the garden has formal rose gardens, a paeony garden, a winter garden, herbaceous borders and a sunken garden. The ground extends to 30 acres and ther are many lovely walks.

Address: Great Bookham, Dorking RHS 6BD, Surrey
Open- Garden 11.00am -6.00pm or dusk daily all year
Entrance fee- Yes
Facilities- WC, Teas and Gift shop (not all year); Plants for sale; Picnicking in carpark
Owner- National Trust
Tel +44 (1372) 452048 ; Information Line +44 (1372) 458203; Fax +44 (1372) 452023

Polesden Lacy
Winter Colour at Polesden Lacy, Surrey

Scotney Castle, Kent
Gardens surrounding an old ruin, below the more 'modern' house. Wonderful azaleas and beautiful planting to complement the castle ruins and moat.

Address: Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Open- 11.00am-6.00pm Wednesday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2.00pm-6.00pm, Bank Holiday Mondays 12.00 noon to 6.00pm from April to end October
Closed- Good Friday
Entrance fee- Yes
Facilities- picnicking in carpark, WC, gift shop
Owner- National Trust
Tel +44 1892 891001; Fax +44 1892 890110

Sissinghurst Castle
Sissinghurst Castle


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