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The Old Vicarage

Washington

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.
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    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.

Features and Attractions

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 lead roof.

Press and Media Coverage

Featured in Sussex Life (Autumn 2017), as well as many previous articles.

The Old Vicarage- Canceled

Refreshments:

On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

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  • Regular opening
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening
Owner Information

Sir Peter & Lady Walters
07766 761926
meryl.walters@me.com

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How to find us

The Old Vicarage
The Street
Washington
Sussex
RH20 4AS

2½m E of Storrington, 4m W of Steyning.
  • More detailed directions
    From Washington r'about on A24 take A283 to Steyning. 500yds R to Washington. Pass Frankland Arms, R to St Mary's Church.
Accessibility information

Wheelchair access to the front garden, but the rear garden is on a slope.

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.

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