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The owners' family have farmed here for over 50 years but the garden was recently designed by them in 2007, and created the following year with the help of 40 friends.
It is now 6 flat acres of garden with 650 unusual and rare varieties planted in a naturalistic style comprising seven huge beds surrounded by mature oak trees, with views of the Sussex Weald all around. Each bed contains a network of snaking, narrow paths allowing visitors to get right in amongst huge drifts of perennials and ornamental can find yourself one moment pushing through 8ft-high grasses, and the next in a sea of colourful flowers alive with bees and butterflies. A swaying tapestry of tall grasses and perennials, the scale of the clumps and drifts of each individual grass or plant takes your breath away. Some grow in undulating swathes 18ft long and 9ft deep.
Various art works are displayed in the garden, along with a tepee and lines of model bison. Sometimes there are even Indians.......a re-enactment group meet periodically on the farm to set up a Blackfoot camp. Around the farm there are rare breed sheep and pigs, chicken and bee hives. There is also a garden teashop, and bed & breakfast available at the farmhouse.
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