Tea And Homemade Cakes. Pimms By Kind Generosity Of The Crown


Saturday 25th May, 2-6pm –  OPEN GARDEN in aid of St Peter & St James

Entry:  £4.00 per person. Children up to the age of 12 free

chocolate cakeMany people love the look and feel of traditional English gardens with their soft, romantic planting but have to learn as they go, taking into account situation, soil types, wind, to name but a few key considerations.  Since 2009, The Old Rectory has gone through somewhat of a transformation with its own fair share of challenges. Now in 2019 a compact but diverse garden is emerging.  The house and garden, on the edge of the village of Newick, sit quite high looking out towards the South Downs.  Within its ten acres, roughly three are taken over by garden.  Over the last ten years a steady planting programme has been developed by its owners with the expert help of an experienced gardener.  The original landscaping has been used in part, while all beds, and many trees (80 in total) are new with their own seasonal story to tell.

An ancient avenue of limes and a recently planted woodland area of Rhododendrons, Acers and spring bulbs greet you as you drive up to the Georgian Rectory.  A prolific rose and tulip bed hint at the wealth of interest which awaits the visitor at the back of the house. A formal walled garden with a wide terrace, trimmed hornbeams and holm oaks and a fine lawn, has a raised herbaceous border with trained roses along an old wall.  From there a white and blue wisteria walk takes you to a spring garden and on to a white garden, largely planted with shrubs and roses.  A newly built camomile seat looks up across a fountain surrounded by golden yews, under an abundant rose arch to banks where highly scented irises and espaliered fruit trees have been trained against a dry stone wall.  From the white garden, the land tumbles down to an ancient ‘moat’ (as it’s known locally).  Here, a charming fernery, a deep autumn bed of grasses, coloured stems and herbaceous plants, and specimen trees have all been planted within the framework of mature trees, to suggest a less formal, more woodland feel.

A quirky amphitheatre has been improved over the years to create a summer garden of white carpet roses, orange bark birches, berberis and lavender.  Steps lead down to the field with a more recently planted avenue of limes, and some specimen trees, with the fields of Sutton Hall Estate beyond.  Cut rides snake through this area which is allowed to grow long for hay, to encourage wildflowers and interesting grasses.

Tea will be served from a pavilion which looks down across an orchard and winding gravel path to pig pen and chickens.  There is a walled, highly productive kitchen garden, housing a fruit cage and picking bed, as well as raised vegetable beds.