Gardens of 3½ acres set around 1832 Regency house (not open). The front, formally laid out with topiary, wide lawn, mixed border, and contemporary water sculpture. The rear, features new and mature trees from C19, herbaceous borders, water garden and stunning uninterrupted views of the North Downs. Also Japanese garden with waterfall and pond, a large copse, stream, treehouse and stumpery.
Architectural stumpery new for 2017 and extended for 2018, plus 2000 tulips have been planted for spring as well as 10,000 mixed bulbs in the new meadow area. In progress a new Italianate gazebo with green oak columns and led roof.
Sunday 25 February (10.30am - 3pm), Monday 2 April (10.30am - 4pm), Sunday 13 May, Sunday 17 June, Monday 27 August (10.30am - 4.30pm), Sunday 14 October (10.30am - 3pm). Admission £5.00, children free. Home-made teas.
Gluten free cakes & biscuits available.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement February to October for groups of 10+. Please enquire about price when booking. Home-made teas.
Sir Peter & Lady Walters
Wheelchair access to the front garden, but the rear garden is on a slope.
How to find us
The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington, Sussex, RH20 4AS
2½m E of Storrington, 4m W of Steyning. From Washington r'about on A24 take A283 to Steyning. 500yds R to Washington. Pass Frankland Arms, R to St Mary's Church.
More about The Old Vicarage
As well as the stunning view looking towards the North Downs, enhanced by mature and various specimen trees, the garden has many pockets of interest. There is a Japanese garden with its waterfall, pond, bamboo and grasses planting, a further large water garden and numerous creatively planted herbaceous borders. A working kitchen garden has glasshouses, fruit cages, orchard and vegetables. Throughout the garden there are well placed seating areas to contemplate the beautiful scenery. For younger visitors there is a woodland area with stream, treehouse and nature viewing platform, as well as the 'valley of the gnomes' and topiary of characters to discover. In the spring there is an abundance of bulbs throughout: snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, fritillaria, camassia and bluebells. Whatever the weather, there is a haven in the conservatory where refreshments are available. New for 2017/18 is the architectural stumpery in the large copse, to see a video of the garden, and an interview with the owner click this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEz09jlNXA8
One happy garden visitor was inspired to write this, after her visit:
Just to be in Washington, now that Summer's here,
To visit The Old Vicarage Gardens, where new scenes still appear.
To see such detailed visions, designed by such a happy team;
The whole place is a work of art and imaginative themes.
If you've never been to Washington, to see this garden wrapped in green,
Hasten there my friend, it really is a dream.
By Jane Bristow.