The Garden Landscape Guide

High Beeches Gardens

A woodland garden, made by the Loder family since 1906. Sir Edmund Loder, who made Leonardslee, was born here. There are streams, a water garden, naturalised bulbs and gentians, rhododendrons and azaleas. High Beeches house was burnt down in 1942 and has not been rebuilt.

Head Gardener's Comment

High Beeches Gardens is a beautiful woodland and water garden covering some 27 acres. The gardens include many rare and unusual plants and Champion trees - the supreme example of their type in the UK. We specialise in the species forms of plants - these are the original wild specimens found in the wild from around the world. The plants are selected for outstanding colour, fragrance and beauty.


High Beeches Gardens was created more than 100 years ago at a time when plant hunting expeditions around the world were bringing back beautiful new specimens. Since that time High Beeches Gardens has continued to develop in a naturalistic style and to concentrate on the species or wild forms of plants. The gardens are tranquil and beautiful and are described as 'Outstanding historically' by English Heritage. High Beeches has also benefited from the fact that it has always been in the care of passionate and knowledgeable plantspeople. The Bray/Boscawen family has cared for High Beeches gardens for more than 50 years. High Beeches has only ever been owned by two families.

Plants of note

Many rare, historic and beautiful plant thrive at High Beeches and the gardens are described as 'Outstanding historically' by English Heritage. High Beeches is home to more than 200 species of wildflowers, and is the only site in the UK where the Willow gentian has naturalised. High Beeches is home to the National Collection of Stewartia. For further details please contact us directly.

High Beeches, High Beeches Lane, Handcross, West Sussex, England, RH17 6HQ

Mid March to early November. Daily except Wednesday. Open 1pm to 5pm (last admission at 4:30pm).

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  • over 2 years by Anonymous 4 / 5

    I have visited the gardens at different times throughout the year and each time I come there are new colours and plants to be amazed at.

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High Beeches Garden, West Sussex Photograph © High Beeches Gardens
High Beeches Garden Photograph © High Beeches Gardens/Craig Bourke
High Beeches Garden in Autumn Photograph © High Beeches Gardens/A Lawson