This wonderful 26-acre garden at Woolbeding, near Midhurst is owned by the National Trust it opened for the first time to visitors in April 2011.
Woolbeding garden was designed by the late Simon Sainsbury and his partner Stewart Grimshaw. They acquired the lease from the National Trust in 1972 and have spent the last 40 years developing the garden.
The main herbaceous border was designed by Lanning Roper, with a double pair of long borders with the most beautiful combinations in whites, silvers, yellows and blues
There is a beautiful steel wine-glass-shaped water sculpture by the artist William Pye that reflects the sky and is quite breath taking. It has been put where an enormous cedar of Lebanon once stood
The water garden was designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman, they expanded the pond into a lake and added layers of historical allusion, including a ruined chapel, a rustic hermit’s hut and a river god with water gushing from his urn.
The Bannerman’s have also designed a more formal water garden, with stone tanks reminiscent of farmyard troughs, in the courtyard of the barn near the house to provide a welcoming entrance to Woolbeding garden’s.
Woolbeding Gardens is only open to pre booked visitors on Thursdays and Fridays from the 9 April. There is NO parking on site or in the locality, the nearest car park is in Midhurst and a free mini bus service for visitors runs from Midhurst to Woolbeding Gardens. For further information contact The National Trust
The pre booking is inconvenient but it actually makes it a very unique place to visit as it restricts numbers to this magical garden.
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