Gardens to Visit in May (see NGS for more details)
Originally part of the Leonardslee Estate, the 1987 hurricane brought down much of the Victorian/Edwardian planting. The present 6 acre garden has evolved since then with many interesting and unusual trees and shrubs, and a longer flowering season. Still an informal garden, there are hidden paths, a secret garden, lawns and a wild flower garden.
Sunday 7 May (1 – 5pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas.
Celebrating the 40th year of opening, Champs Hill has been developed around three disused sand quarries since 1960. The woodlands are full of beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas, but the most striking feature is the collection of heathers, over 300 cultivars. The garden also has some interesting sculptures, and stupendous views.
Sunday 14 May (2 – 5pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Tea.
6 Elm Avenue, Littlehampton
S-facing garden 154ft x 49ft, in its second yr. A stunning Purbeck stone wall with moon gate bisects the garden, creating two distinct halves. Within these, there are several sections including contemporary fish pond with stainless steel waterfall, circular lawns surrounded by herbaceous borders with a variety of grasses and trees for year-round interest. Japanese area, vegetables, fruit cages and much more. Our terrace overlooks the garden, and refreshments will be served from here, including our special coffee, for that extra little treat.
Wednesday 24 May, Thursday 25 May, (11am – 5pm). Admission £4.50, children free. Light refreshments.