Sussex Gardens Open for Charity: Bignor Park
Many Sussex Gardens open for charity each year. I recommend a visit to the gardens in Bignor Park.
You will find 11 acres of gardens to explore, with fantastic views of the South Downs. You’ll see interesting trees, shrubs, and wild flower areas. The walled flower garden has wonderful herbaceous borders. Wander and admire the temple, Greek loggia, Zen pond and unusual sculptures.
Bignor Park is in West Sussex, RH20 1HG. It is 5 miles south of Petworth & Pulborough. It is well sign posted from the B2138. The nearest villages are Sutton, Bignor & West Burton. It’s just a 30 minute drive from Rosebud Holiday Cottage in Steyning!
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Borde Hill Gardens
Lovely Borde Hill Gardens open to the public from late March and remain open until the end of October.
The gardens are set within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with beautiful views over the Sussex Weald. Borde Hill’s grounds cover over 200 acres across the garden, woodland and parkland. The formal gardens are designed in a series of outdoor ‘rooms’. you can explore the exotic ‘Garden of Allah’, the beautiful Azelea Ring, the traditional Rose Garden and a peaceful Italian Garden,
Borde Hill has received many awards, including the Historic Houses Association ‘Garden of the Year’.
Day Tickets for Individuals and Families
(Correct in 2018)
Adult – £9.50
Concession – £9.00
Child (aged 3-16) – £6.35
Child under 3 – Free
Borde Hill is 1½ miles north of Haywards Heath. The gardens are a 35 minute drive from Steyning via the B2135, A281 and A272…
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Parham House and Gardens
Parham House is a wonderful example of an Elizabethan building with a great hall and long gallery. It also has the most fantastic gardens and an excellent plant shop.
The house and gardens are usually open from April until the mid October.
Visit on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.
House | 14:00 – 17:00
Gardens | 12:00 – 17:00
Big Kitchen Restaurant | 12:00 – 17:00
Last Admission | 16:30
It is a short drive from Steyning by car or you can catch the number 100 bus. This runs every hour in the daytime, except on Sundays.
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This is the time of year for the wonderful tree peony
The tree peony is an ancient plant which was revered by Japanese emperors 1000 years ago. They flower from early April until late May …..The papery flamboyant blooms and interesting foliage gives the impression that the plants are delicate but they are not!
This one is called Paeonia suffruticosa. It is also known as Chinese Tree Peony or Moutan peony.
You can see it in the side border at Rosebud Cottage and find them growing in the gardens at Highdown near Worthing. The gardens are open all year and admission is free. They are within easy reach of Steyning. Details at http://www.highdowngardens.co.uk/