Front and rear gardens broken up into garden rooms incl small kitchen garden. Front garden incl small woodland area planted with early spring flowering shrubs, ferns and bulbs; topiary and white garden, large leaf border and terraced area. Rear garden has mirror borders, small decorative vegetable garden, red border, and grasses border. Home of author and principal of The English Gardening School.
Saturday 22 April, Sunday 23 April, Saturday 17 June, Sunday 18 June, Saturday 16 September, Sunday 17 September (2 - 5pm). Admission £4.50, children free. Home-made teas.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement March to October for groups of 10+. Gardening Club bookings welcome. Admission £4.50, children free. Home-made teas.
The garden has gravel paths and a few steps not easily negotiated in a wheelchair.
How to find us
Sandhill Farm House, Nyewood Road, Rogate, Petersfield, Sussex, GU31 5HU
4m SE of Petersfield. From A272 Xrds in Rogate take road S signed Nyewood & Harting. Follow road for approx 1m over small bridge. Sandhill Farm House on R, over cattle grid.
More about Sandhill Farm House
Although only just over an acre, and divided into 2 gardens lying on either side of the house, there are many different, contrasting and inspirational areas within this small space. A compulsive plant collector, Rosemary Alexander (Principal and owner of the English Gardening School) has amassed interesting and unusual groupings of plants for each area. Approached by an opening cut through a beech hedge and topiary,a wide gravel path is edged with Box balls, thyme, Helianthemum and Libertia grandiflora. Below is a woodland garden, contoured by peat blocks, with winding gravel paths and a collection of ferns and plants chosen for their varied leaf forms and spring and autumn colour. A wide gravel path, edged with Libertia grandiflora, Helianthemum, and thyme, is bounded by a lavender hedge. A ‘grit’ or dry garden surrounds the terrace. The rear garden has a potager and small summerhouse, a double rose border, a grasses border, plus a border planted in orange and red colours inspired by the brick wall behind. An exercise in making the most of limited space. Cottage area planted with 3 native Acer campestre and multi-stemmed Betula (Silver Birch). Border area there planted only with drought tolerant plants - Hebe vernicosa used as low hedge or structure planting, and as an alternative to disease prone Buxus. Native hedge - Euonymus europaeus, Cratageus monogyna, Viburnum opulus, Corylus avellana, Acer campestre planted as wildlife boundary hedge. 2 half standard Photinia fraseri ‘Red Robin’ used as structure in red border. New ‘pagoda’ style Chinese red bird table used as feature in Large Leaf Border. The China rose R. ‘Crimson Bengal’, which flowers 9 months of year,and R. Pierre de Ronsard planted by porch door. Garden featured in The Garden RHS magazine (Feb 2013) written by Andy Sturgeon, photos by Marianne Majerus; 2011 edition of Saga magazine written by Vanessa Berridge, photos by Clive Nicholls; Gardens Illustrated (Sept 2010), written by Matt Wilson, and book Female Gardeners with photos by Elke Borkowski 2016.