For 50 years, gardens in a village lay hidden and untouched in a wilderness of saplings, brambles and six-foot high undergrowth.
The remarkable discovery of the lost gardens of Bramber in 1997 by Peter Thorogood and Roger Linton, of St Mary’s House in Bramber, led to a massive restoration programme after 50 years of neglect.
The gardens were a picture of dereliction. The discovery of these ‘lost gardens’ can hardly be imagined.
Originally laid out in the 1890s as three and a half acres of kitchen and pleasure gardens, an exciting programme of restoration has brought the m back to life.
The amazing transformation that is the result of years of hard work and painstaking detail, goes on show this Friday and Saturday, July 6 and 7, from 2-5.30pm. Entrance £4, children free, in support of the National Gardens Scheme.
Today visitors feel as though they have entered another world – with a riot of colour in the magnificent Rose Garden, planted for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, as well as a colourful ‘terracotta’ garden.
The rare pineapple pits with the restored stove-house and the magnificent 140 foot Victorian brick fruit wall are other striking features.
The Victorian potting shed now houses a Rural Museum of horticultural tools.
The last remaining glasshouse is being restored and the former circular orchard is now a tranquil Poetry Garden, with a bust of Byron as its central focus. A woodland walk leads to a white poplar grove.