8 of the best gardens to visit in Sussex this winter
PUBLISHED: 12:55 14 January 2019
Don't let the cold weather put you off, some of Sussex's gardens look stunning during winter. We round up some of the best to visit
Kew Gardens at Wakehurst, Ardingly
As well as the main garden, Wakehurst is also officially launching its ‘Winter Garden’ on 23 January 2019. It has been designed by garden supervisor Francis Annette, weaving 33,000 plants into a bold contemporary composition.
The winter garden walk runs down the side of the main lawn where you will see the garden full of heathers, coloured stems, daphnes, berry-laden hollies and evergreens. Keep an eye out for snowdrops, too.
Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield
It may be famous for its autumnal offerings but be sure to take a winter walk through this landscape garden which was designed around a series of lakes with meandering paths that take you through woodland, over bridges and along the edge of the lakes.
Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead
When you walk around the garden, you will see their award-winning camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’ in bloom, the Monterey pine which is the largest tree in the garden and various types of heathers in flower.
Highdown Gardens, Worthing
It is one of the least known gardens in the area but it offers a collection of rare plants and trees. You’ll see a variety of plants including snowdrops, crocus, anemones and daffodils. Open Monday to Friday in January and February.
West Dean Gardens, Chichester
At this 90-acre award-winning garden, you will see a variety of wild flowers including primrose and wild red clover. The gardens are complimented with many architectural features including a 300-foot Edwardian pergola. Opening on 1 February.
Denmans Garden, Fontwell
This four-acre garden offers a burst of flower colour as it moves through the seasons. This tamed wilderness is suitable for everyone due to the garden’s use of gravel.
Pembury House Garden, Clayton
The garden is three acres in size and offers a beautiful display of snowdrops and hellebores. You will see a variety of young and mature trees, roses and herbaceous plants and shrubberies. Open from 11-27 February and 7-15 March in 2019.
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