The garden at Down Place is set on the South Downs with panoramic views out to the undulating wooded countryside. The garden merges seamlessly into its surrounding landscape with rose and herbaceous borders that have been moulded into the sloping ground. There is a well-stocked vegetable garden and walks shaded by beech trees, which surround the natural wildflower meadow where various native orchids flourish.
The wildflower meadow is covered in natural wild daffodils in April, cowslips in May, and six varieties of wild orchids, plus various other wild flowers from the end of May through to early July.
The substantial top terrace and borders is accessible to wheelchairs.
Down Place opens for the National Garden Scheme on Sat 25th March and Sunday 26th March. It will also be open on Sunday 11th June and Monday 12th June (1.30-5.30). Admission £5, children free. Home-made teas & cream teas.
Down Place also opens By Arrangement from Mar 2023 to Jul 2023 for groups of between 15 and 99. This means the garden welcomes visitors on pre-agreed dates.
Please contact the garden owner to discuss your requirements and arrange a date for a group or bespoke visit.
Mrs David Thistleton-Smith
The National Garden Scheme
Founded in 1927 by the Queen’s Nursing Institute to raise funds for community nursing means that gardens, health and community are at the heart of what we do at the National Garden Scheme. Every ticket bought, every garden visited, and every cake and cup of tea savoured translates into millions of pounds in donations not only to some of the UK’s best loved nursing and health charities but to garden charities and community projects too.
In 2022 we made donations of 3.11 million. Beneficiaries include Marie Curie, Parkinson’s Cancer Support and Parkinson’s UK.