It was a very busy day when we visited the gardens, in fact Bank Holiday Monday. This did pose a delay in parking the car. However, the car park was well marshalled and it was made very clear where to park when a space turned up. But once we were in the gardens the crowds from the cars quickly dissipated. The gardens are made up of many different small gardens, a rose garden, a South African garden and many others portraying other plants and flowers etc. We had a picnic on the wild flower meadow which had wonderful views over the Sussex downs. The ruins of the old house lent themselves to being part of a picturesque backdrop for many shrubs, trees and plants. There is a croquet lawn where one is invited to play a round of the game, there was also an area for badminton. I thought that the herbaceous borders might be a bit past their best because we were going into September, but no, they were splendid with large blocks of colour and in very good order. There is a good National Trust shop inside, and outside there is a considerable sized area selling plants and shrubs and other gardening products. Definitely a garden that one can visit many times and on each occasion there would be a different season to enjoy.
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