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Denmans Lane, Fontwell,
West Sussex, BN18 0SU


01243 544064

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2018-01-09 04:59:23

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Open 10am to 4pm daily all year round (please check website for any seasonal changes)

Parties/Coaches: Yes

The driver of a coach party is entitled to a free cup of tea/coffee.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Adults £5.95, Senior Citizens £5.50, Children (5-16 years) £4.50, Carers
Pre-booked Groups of 15 or more persons £5.25
To qualify for the group rate 15 or more tickets must be purchased at any
one time. Groups with fewer than 15 - normal charge.
All admission prices are inclusive of VAT at current rate.

Wheelchairs and umbrellas are available free of charge for use whilst
viewing the garden, but must be returned on completion of your visit.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Multi award winning garden cafe. Guide dogs allowed.

Garden Features & Events

Formal herb garden and restored and renovated Victorian Conservatory. Owned by well-known garden designer and author of a number of popular books on gardening.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Bonham's Country House, Arundel
Chichester Lodge, Oakwood, Chichester

Inns & Pubs:

Gribble Inn, Oving
George & Dragon, Burpham
The Fox Goes Free, Charlton

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

Denmans is a superb 20th century garden of about 1.5 ha, planted for all year interest. Once farmland, Denmans Garden nestles in the West Sussex countryside. It is predominantly the work of renowned landscape designer, John Brookes. He has combined native species with many frost tender plants, which the visitor will be pleasantly surprised to find thriving so near the Sussex Downs. Some of the latter are housed within the Dutch light Greenhouse - a feature one cannot miss upon arrival.

Gravel is used extensively in the garden both to walk on and as a growing medium so that you walk through the plantings rather than past them. A dry gravel 'stream' meanders down to a large natural looking pond. There is a walled garden, conservatory and a glass area for tender plants.

From here, The South Garden can be reached in which Brookes has experimented with both texture and colour. Year round interest is provided by Aquilegia in late spring; Campanulas and Ceratostigma in summer; and Hellebores with Iris foetidissima in winter. A Clock House, conservatory and locally produced statuary provide further interest in this varied and innovative garden.

History Of Garden

Denmans was rescued from dereliction in 1946, when Joyce Robinson and her husband set about designing themselves a garden. Mrs. Robinson's love of dense and random groupings of plants, indeed her general interest in wild species, enthused John Brookes. While faithful to his predecessor's horticultural agenda, Brookes has however, since 1980, also succeeded in making Denmans a showcase of his own work.

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