Following the purchase of Stanmer Estate by the Pelham family in 1713, the family employed architect Nicholas Dubois to design the manor house, ornamental gardens and the walled garden.
Traditionally, walled gardens were designed to protect unusual and exotic plants from weather, or as productive kitchen gardens, providing vegetables and fruit to the house.
Explore the garden
The gardens have been expertly designed by modern-day landscape architect Dominic Cole, renown for his work on the Eden Project.
The gardens celebrate both heritage and innovation including productive traditional fruit and vegetable crops as well as a series of contemporary show gardens designed for typical, often difficult urban conditions and smaller spaces to inspire visitors and generate ideas to take home including how plants underpin treatments for most illnesses and health conditions.
Acknowledging the significant role that Canadian troops played in bringing about the end of the second world war and their presence here at Stanmer Park, the Canada Garden pays tribute to those who served many years here, some of which never returned to their homeland.
All seasons garden
An All Seasons Garden is designed to showcase a range plants that offer interest during every season of the year, extending the period of interest as one season moves into another.
With todays hectic and often stressful life, the need to be able to easily relax and recharge after an eventful day is something most of use experience. Gardens have long been used as a place for contemplation by many cultures all over the world.
The Urban shade garden has been designed to provide ideas and solutions to show what can be achieved in a tricky space typically found in the urban environment.
Pollination is a very important part of the life cycle of plants and they cannot produce fruit or even seeds unless they are pollinated.
Pollen is transferred by pollinators, which can be the wind, water or animals. Once pollination takes place, seeds begin to grow.
The Rain Garden serves as bio-retention system. A visually pleasing method to catch and hold rainwater run-off, intercepting it before it enters underground pipe systems, filtering contaminants from the water before going back into the natural water cycle.
With more and more ground being built on for roads and houses, sustainable drainage systems (SUDs), like Rain Gardens have become vital to prevent flooding.
Hot & dry garden
Where the climate of the UK is changing towards longer, warmer drier summers, with less water available, the Hot and Dry garden is an example of a space to grow plants suited to those conditions.
Certain plants have evolved and adapted a range of methods to suit these conditions by altering their morphology (plant structure) to reduce their dependence on water and maintain moisture within their leaves.
Before the advance of modern medicine Plants have been used for medicinal, therapeutic and cosmetic purposes for thousands of years, driven by early humans and their curiosity into taste and smell they would have discovered plants to treat injury and illness.