33 Highdown Rise,
Opening dates and times:For NGS: Sun 5 May, Thur 6 June (10-6)
For other opening times and information, please phone or see garden website
Admission:Adm by donation
Description:Famous garden created by Sir Frederick Stern situated in chalk pit and downland area containing a wide collection of plants. Many plants were raised from seed brought from China by great collectors like Wilson, Farrer and Kingdon-Ward. Open all year round
Disability information:Mainly grass paths, hillside garden. Wheelchair access limited
Further details:This is the famous garden created by Sir Frederick Stern, situated in a chalk pit and downland area and containing a wide collection of plants. Many plants were raised from seed brought from China by great collectors like Wilson, Farrer and Kingdon-Ward. Highdown Gardens offers a unique collection of rare plants and trees and the whole garden has been deemed a National collection.
The garden looks best in Spring and early Summer when there is a colourful succession of spring bulbs such as snowdrops, crocus, anemones and daffodils followed by paeonies and bearded Iris. Two of our most popular trees with our visitors in late Spring are the handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata) and the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum).
Be sure to visit the Millennium Garden, created in 2000 from a disused section of the Highdown Bungalow garden. It features a rose pergola, wisteria arch, patio seat and central sundial. The design of this area of Highdown had peace and tranquillity in mind, hence the water feature and soft plantings of grasses, shrubs and many hardy geraniums.