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Gardening Ideas From Bignor Park - Pulborough, Sussex

PUBLISHED: 12:27 27 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 20 February 2013

Gardening Ideas From Bignor Park - Pulborough, Sussex

Gardening Ideas From Bignor Park - Pulborough, Sussex

Enjoy the burnished colours and fine views at Bignor Park near Petworth.

Enjoy the burnished colours and fine views at Bignor Park near Petworth.


ABONFIRE of colour adds a special shimmer to the gardens at Bignor Park House throughout October. For more than 60 years the gardens have been opening to the public for visitors to enjoy the magnificent views of the South Downs, lovely trees and the walled flower and vegetable gardens.

The gardens have been owned by the Mersey family since 1926.

Lady Joanna Mersey thinks it is the setting and views that make Bignor Park.

I want people to enjoy the gardens and views, to get inspiration or relax on one of the many seats. I like to make people smile and to have surprises for children like the secret wooden house or the contemporary sculptures," she says .

Bignor Park was originally part of the Arundel Estate. The Dukes of Norfolk used the grounds to fatten their deer. The only remaining parts of the first small house are two Coad stone pinnacles at the west end of the walled gardens.

Subsequent owners have left their mark, including John Hawkins, who had an interest in horticulture and was inspired after doing the grand tour to add steles from Samothrace that can still be seen at the east end of the formal garden.

The Mersey familys legacy includes a temple, Greek pavilion, Zen pond and unusual sculptures placed in the landscape. There are 11 acres of gardens to explore.

Dont miss the clipped formality of the hedges in the Dutch garden and the impressive phormiums framing a harp sculpture near the vegetable garden.

Opening times

Bignor Park, Pulborough RH20 1HG

Every Wednesday in October (2-5)

Admission 3, children free

www.bignorpark.co.uk

The National Gardens Scheme

www.ngs.org.uk

How to find it

Five miles from Pulborough, turn right off A29, signposted Fittleworth.

Five miles from Petworth, left off A285 signposted Burton Mill.

Sat Nav: RH20 1HG

A bonfire of colour adds a special shimmer to the gardens at Bignor Park House throughout October. For more than 60 years the gardens have been opening to the public for visitors to enjoy the magnificent views of the South Downs, lovely trees and the walled flower and vegetable gardens.

The gardens have been owned by the Mersey family since 1926.Lady Joanna Mersey thinks it is the setting and views that make Bignor Park.

I want people to enjoy the gardens and views, to get inspiration or relax on one of the many seats. I like to make people smile and to have surprises for children like the secret wooden house or the contemporary sculptures," she says.

Bignor Park was originally part of the Arundel Estate. The Dukes of Norfolk used the grounds to fatten their deer. The only remaining parts of the first small house are two Coad stone pinnacles at the west end of the walled gardens.

Subsequent owners have left their mark, including John Hawkins, who had an interest in horticulture and was inspired after doing the grand tour to add steles from Samothrace that can still be seen at the east end of the formal garden.

The Mersey familys legacy includes a temple, Greek pavilion, Zen pond and unusual sculptures placed in the landscape. There are 11 acres of gardens to explore.

Dont miss the clipped formality of the hedges in the Dutch garden and the impressive phormiums framing a harp sculpture near the vegetable garden.

Opening times:Every Wednesday in October (2-5)

Admission: 3, children free
www.bignorpark.co.uk

The National Gardens Scheme:www.ngs.org.uk





How to find it

Five miles from Pulborough, turn right off A29, signposted Fittleworth.Five miles from Petworth, left off A285 signposted Burton Mill.

Bignor Park,
Pulborough
RH20 1HG









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