The Garden Landscape Guide

Highdown Gardens

A garden made in a chalk pit by a banker who was also an enthusiastic gardener. Sir Frederick Stern wrote a book on Highdown Gardens and monographs on paeonies and snowflakes. Highdown specialises in chalk-loving plants.

Littlehampton Road, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex, England, BN12 6PG

April to September. Daily. Also open weekdays October to March. Open 10am to 6pm or dusk.


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  • over 6 years by Charlotte 5 / 5

    This is a beautiful garden ... and it's free!! A charming, secluded site, with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and sea.
    Good in all seasons - magnificent collection of hellebores and snowdrops in spring; astounding peonies in summer; good autumn colour and charming in winter - you can't beat the Himalayan cherry trees for texture and colour.
    Probably the best example of a chalk garden in the UK.

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High2 Photograph © Worthing Borough Council
Helleborus orientalis, Highdown Gardens Photograph © Charlotte Weychan
Highdown Gardens, October 2009 Photograph © Charlotte Weychan