In high summer and early fall, this garden modelled on a Victorian potager, produces more lettuce, herbs, zucchini, red currants, beans, raspberries, artichokes, potatoes and peas than the on-site restaurant can use and the owners of Pashley Manor, Mr. and Mrs. Sellick, can eat. It’s a textbook example of locavore eating and serious dedication to the art of the potager. This section of the garden alone requires one full-time employee to keep it up to scratch.
The romantic setting of the garden is also the perfect place to display sculpture and an annual festival takes place in May, when the gardens are open daily and many pieces are for sale.
Tour in peace
While the numerous festivals are a great reason to visit, it’s the tranquillity of the gardens that attracts many visitors time and again. A series of garden “rooms” means that there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the views, sit for a moment in the shade of an old tree to listen to the sound of running water, or watch one of two black swans or hundreds of ducks paddle furious across the moat from the mainland to an island where a temple hides in the glossy leaves of rhododendrons and laurels.
If you go:
Pashley Manor Gardens (www.pashleymanorgardens.com)
April 2 to September 30
Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and all Bank Holiday Mondays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the exception of Bank Holiday Mondays, as above, and festival days (see Special Events For 2009), the garden is closed on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Garden only (Gift Shop and Restaurant closed), not open weekends.
Children under 16: £5.00
Children under 6: free
Tulip Festival: £8.00
Tulip Festival: April 24 to May 4, open daily
Sculpture fortnight: May 16 to 28, open daily
Rose Weekend: June 12 to 14
Kitchen Garden Festival: July 3 to 5
Sussex Guild Craft Show: August 29 to 31