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Denmans Garden

Muddy says: Take some time out in a beautiful haven designed by the ‘father of the modern garden’ and linger over lunch or a cream tea

The garden as an ‘outside room’ is a popular concept today but it was started by the ground-breaking designer behind Denmans near Fontwell.

This nearly four acre contemporary country garden, sheltered by the South Downs, features a series of spaces that flow into each other. Snaking paths encourage you to browse a wide range of plants in a walled garden and gravel planted areas and around a pond and dried river beds.

John Brookes – who was the first independent designer to create an exhibition garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, helped develop Denmans’ contemporary look and naturalistic planting style. The garden is now run by a trust in his name.

It’s open year round (except Mondays), is mostly wheelchair/buggy accessible and you can combine your visit with lunch or a cream tea and a visit to the garden shop.

Planning a party? The tea room can also be booked out for events, with lunch, tea or dinner.

You’ll find Denmans next door to Fontwell Racecourse between Chichester and Arundel (and reachable by taxi from Barnham station).

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