Gardens to visit this month (See NGS Yellow Book for more details):
The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington, Sussex, RH20 4AS
3½ acre garden set around 1832 Regency style house (not open). Front is formally laid out with topiary, a large lawn and mixed border. To the rear some mature trees dating back to C19, herbaceous border, new large pond and stunning uninterrupted 20m view to the North Downs. Stream and copse area with log cabin.
Open: Sunday 16 October (11am – 3.30pm). Admission £4.50, children free.
Home-made teas. Gluten free cakes & biscuits available.
Bignor Park, Pulborough, Sussex, RH20 1HG
11 acres of peaceful garden to explore with magnificent views of the South Downs. Interesting trees, shrubs, wild flower areas, with swathes of daffodils in spring. The walled flower garden has been replanted with herbaceous borders. Temple, Greek loggia, Zen pond and unusual sculptures.
Open: Sunday 9 October (2 – 5pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas.
Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH16 1XP
Great English garden with rare plants and stunning landscapes make Borde Hill the perfect day out for horticulture enthusiasts, country lovers and families. 17 acres of formal outdoor rooms, magical woodland walks, strolls by the lakes, adventure playground and events throughout the season.
Open: Tuesday 4 October (10am – 6pm). Admission £8.20, child £5.50.
Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD
This dramatic hillside Arboretum perfectly demonstrates what Dr Fox, the Arboretum’s creator, described as ‘using trees and shrubs to paint a picture’. Impressive displays of daffodils, bluebells and azaleas await in spring. Picnic by the lake in summer. Don’t miss the stunning autumnal display created by maples, cherries and tupelos.
Open: Sunday 2 October (10am – 5.30pm)