High Beeches Gardens
High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden is a beautiful, tranquil and historic garden of some 27 acres. It was begun more than 100 years ago and is full of rare and important plants and trees. High Beeches Gardens is situated just outside Handcross, in the heart of mid-Sussex, close to the A/M23 and within easy access of London, the South and South East. Please find below a list of events for the 2012 season.
The garden offers seasonal interest, with glorious spring and early summer colour and fragrance including magnolias, camellias, bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons. High Beeches Gardens has been recommended in the RHS Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias Group Handbook as the best garden in the UK in which to see Rhododendrons growing. David Millais, a member of the RHS Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias Committee and owner of Millais Nurseries is a recognized authority on the plants. He wrote "go to High Beeches Gardens in Sussex to see (Rhododendrons) plants on a good spacing, where they have room to develop and show their true characteristics." In June the wildflower meadow is at its peak. The Willow Gentians are a spectacular blue in August and High Beeches has magnificent and sumptuous autumn colour.
High Beeches is home to a number of champion trees, and it is the only UK site where the magnificent blue Willow Gentian is naturalised. High Beeches has the National Collection of Stewartia and also the finest natural acid wildflower meadow in Sussex with more than 200 varieties of wild flowers as recorded by the Botanical Society of the British Isles. High Beeches is one of the top gardens in the country for autumn colour and has the best autumn colour in Sussex
The Bray/Boscawen gardening dynasty has cared for the garden for fifty years. Their great passion is the 'species' forms of plants - the original, wild forms from around the world. The garden is fully catalogued and contains thousands of specimens including numbered plants collected by famous plant hunters such as Ernest Wilson.
Adult - Gift Aid: £7.20*, Adult - Standard: £6.50, Accompanied Children under 14 -free, Season Ticket for 12 months - £22, Group Rates - For Pre-booked groups of 20 + visiting during normal opening hours - £5.50 per person, Pre-booked groups are welcome to visit outside normal opening hours for a small additional charge
Guided Tours - £10 per person. Minimum of £50 and must be pre-booked.
* Be a Gift Aid Visitor.If you are a UK taxpayer you can help us by completing a simple form when you visit, which enables us to reclaim the tax on your entry fee.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Sat 16 Mar 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Mon - Tue 13:00 to 17:00 | Thu - Sun 13:00 to 17:00|
|Notes||16 March – 3 November, open every day 1pm -5pm, except Wednesdays. Last admission 4.30pm.|
ContactMrs Sarah Bray
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VenueHigh Beeches Gardens
Handcross, HAYWARDS HEATH, West Sussex, RH17 6HQ
Map reference: TQ 277308 Lat: 51.06232 Long: -0.17818
Just off A23 ten miles north of Brighton, 1 mile east of Handcross on B2110
Parking : free
Nearest station : 5 miles (8.0 kms) from Crawley station