New season at St Mary’s

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STEWARDS in period costume will bring to life the history of the medieval house when St Mary’s House and Gardens in Bramber opens for the new season on Sunday May 1.

Visitors can savour the unique atmosphere of the ancient panelled rooms, including the unusual Elizabethan ‘Painted Room’, and enjoy the formal gardens with amusing topiary, an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba, magnificent Magnolia Grandiflora and mysterious ivy-clad Monks’ Walk.

The three-and-a-half acre Victorian ‘Secret’ Garden is an absolute delight, and each year there is something new to see. The fruit-wall and pineapple pits are resplendent with fruit and flowers; the Rural Museum in the former Victorian potting shed houses a fascinating collection of horticultural implements; the Jubilee Rose Garden is fragrant in the summer months with stunning roses; the Terracotta Garden boasts perfect symmetry with a central fountain.

There is also the unusual circular Poetry Garden, with a display of poems by Sussex authors, and a woodland walk with bluebells and snowdrops in spring.

St. Mary’s House & Gardens are open from May 1 to September 30, on Thursdays, Sundays and bank holiday Mondays, 2-6pm (last entry 5pm).

For further information, including the 2011 programme of concerts and events, please telephone 01903 816205, email or visit the website at