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Littlehampton Road, Goring-by-Sea,
West Sussex, BN12 6PE

01903 239999


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2018-01-16 04:00:53

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Good Friday and rest of Apr - 30th Sept; Mon - Sun; 10am - 6pm
Oct - Nov; Mon - Fri; ; 10am - 4.30pm
Dec - Jan; Mon - Fri; 10am - 4pm
Feb - Mar; Mon - Fri; 10am - 4.30pm
Last admission to the Gardens will be 30 minutes before closing time

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
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Admission Prices


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

Refreshments nearby. All-terrain wheelchair available; call 01903 221104

Garden Features & Events

Impressive collection of chalk-loving plants, many from Himalayan regions.

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National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Kenmore Guest House, Rustington Moorings, Worthing

Inns & Pubs:

Star Inn, Steyning George & Dragon, Burpham

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Bognor Regis

Description of Garden

A ten acre garden made in a chalk pit by a banker who was also an enthusiastic gardener. Naturally, Highdown specialises in chalk-loving plants. There is a magnificent collection of Paeonies which are at their best in May. Sir Frederick Stern wrote a book on Highdown Gardens and monographs on paeonies and snowflakes.

Highdown Gardens are the result of fifty years of dedicated work by Sir Frederick and Lady Stern. On land that included a disused chalk pit, the gardens are said to have been an experiment to discover which plants would thrive on chalk. Lilacs and Junipers were amongst the first shrubs to be planted. The number of species that can now be found in the garden is a testament to the botanic innovation of the Sterns and indeed their Age; visitors will be able to find species brought back from China and the Himalayan Region by Reginald Farrer and Ernest Henry Wilson.

Although the views across The South Downs and the sea, are a draw within themselves, the gardens offer variety and year round interest. In spring, the Hellebore Bank boasts a profusion of colour. In summer, visitors' noses will lead them to The Rose Garden and Herb Garden. Roses hold great importance in this garden; of note being Rosa Highdownensis, raised by Sir Stern in 1928, and Rose Wedding Day, which flowered for the first time on the Sterns' wedding anniversary. In the Middle garden, Daffodils, Crocus, Snowdrops and Anemones will abound at this time of the year. In autumn, the Himalayan Birch Bark Cherry trees and Paper Bark Maple must be seen. However, The Cave Pond, created on the site of a pigsty, and the Bamboo Pond provide a constant source of interest.

History Of Garden

Created from 1910 onwards, and taken over by Worthing Borough Council in 1967 on the death of Lady Stern.

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