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Wakehurst Place Garden

An adapted sixteenth century house with a mainly twentieth century garden. Advertised as 'Kew in the country' Wakehurst Place Garden belongs to the National Trust and is managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens. Aesthetically, it is more pleasing than Kew. As at Bodnant, the ornamental area near the house is in the Arts and Crafts style and the woodland garden is in the picturesque/gardenesque style. It was made by Gerald Loder, a President of the Royal Horticultural Society, after 1903. Like his father and uncle, who lived at Leonardslee, Loder was a rhododendron man. Wakehurst Place Garden was managed by the Price family after 1936 and by the Royal Botanic Gardens after 1965. The woodlands contain both native and exotic temperate trees and shrubs.

Ardingly, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, England, RH17 6TN

All year. Daily (except 24th and 25th December). Open 10am to 6pm (or 4.30pm in winter).

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  • over 2 years by Anonymous 3 / 5

    This really has been a lovely place for my wife and I to visit on a number of occasions to date. The grounds are indeed lovely.Having said that the hot food meals are very over-priced in my opinion. Also, when they introduce the outrageous £10 car parking charge (even for National Trust Members) as they are planning to this this April (2014),

    see ....

    then we will stop going, as will a huge number of others who have visited time and time again and spent money in the restaurant and shop.
  • over 4 years by AM 5 / 5

    Can't believe some of the other comments about not feeling in a proper garden - more a museum for plants. Don't know what bit you visited but you could not be more wrong!
  • almost 5 years by Bob 5 / 5

    The Price walled garden was magnificent (and relaxing), not to mention the array of Rhododendrons throughout the garden and park. A magnificent location to spend a few hours strolling through gardens and woodlands. Just remember that your lovely walk downhill must be reversed. At the top of the hill there is a sign indicating "no wheel-chairs." Just imagine it, when you are looking down the hill???
  • almost 5 years by Bilbo Boob 1 / 5

    Where were the rides, the fairground, the shopping mall?
  • over 5 years by Charlotte 5 / 5

    I'm sorry to say I disagree with Pete! Wakehurst is magnificent - it has so much on offer! Hundreds of acres of trees, plants and of course, the Millenium Seed Bank, which has to be applauded if we are going to preserve the plants we have in the future.
    Another major plus for Wakehurst is that you can visit at any time of year and find something of interest here.
  • almost 7 years by Pete 2 / 5

    To me a good garden is one that inspires relaxation, a desire to sit with a good book, to admire beautiful things.

    Wakehurst somehows fails to do that. For some reason I feel like I'm in a museum to plants,I may be in looking at some beautiful plants but at no point do I feel like I'm in a garden.

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