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Bramdean House garden is open on Sunday 14th Feb (2:00 - 4:00) and Sundays
10 April, 12 June, 17 July, 14 August (2:00 - 4:30)
Visits also by arrangement March to September.
Weekdays only, please call.
April, June, July, Sept
Spring bulbs, kitchen garden, large collection of sweet peas, mirror image herbaceous borders, unusual plants and bulbs
By appointment on weekdays.
Adults £7 per head.
NGS Days £5 - children free. No dogs.
Teas and plants for sale only on NGS Days.
Large collection of sweet peas and a paeony walk. Small arboretum featuring new cherries from Japan with wild flowers, and a boxwood castle. Home of sunflower 'Giraffe'. Trial of hardy Nerines in conjunction with the RHS. These flower in September - please email for appointment to view.
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This is a real plantsman s garden, full of interest all year round, and especially from April until October. The fine eighteenth-century red-brick house is protected from the road by a vast undulating cloud hedge of yew and box. Behind the house five acres of garden slope up through the exemplary mirror-image herbaceous borders, planted with over one hundred genera and reaching their peak in June with nepetas, geraniums, tradescantias, Clematis x diversifolia 'Hendersonii' and galegas, followed by yellows and then the russets of late summer. The way forward towards dianthus and roses, leads to the wrought-iron gates of the walled kitchen garden, filled with a well-ordered abundance of fruit and vegetables, a special collection of old-fashioned sweet peas and a mass of herbaceous flowers. Beyond a second wrought-iron gate lies the orchard with its curving tapestry hedge of alternating box and yew, flowering cherries, and fruit trees underplanted with daffodils. Trees on the eastern side include Ginko biloba, Maytenus boaria, Davidia involucrata, magnolias and fine specimens of Staphylea colchica AGM. Spring brings to the garden carpets of aconites, crocuses, snowdrops and other early bulbs, autumn a large collection of tender and hardy nerines.
Mrs Wakefield's parents purchased the house and the garden in 1944. They have photographic records of the garden in the late 1800's and early 20th century. It has evolved through time and events. The soil is very alkaline (PH8) . It has been featured in many gardening books and articles.