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Woolbeding Gardens – visit before the winter break!

Benches overlooking the lake and Chinese bridge in the lower water garden at Woolbeding Gardens, West Sussex. Woolbeding is a modern masterpiece, with colour-themed garden rooms and a landscape garden.

Woolbeding Gardens delight at every turn with distinctive garden rooms set against manicured hedges and thoughtfully composed colour-themed borders. Formal lawns melt into the rural landscape and beyond the meadow, you’ll find a waterfall, gothic summerhouse and enchanting landscape garden.

View of the lake and bridge through the arched window of the folly in the garden created by Simon Sainsbury and Stewart Grimshaw at Woolbeding House, West Sussex.

Beyond the boundary of the formal gardens, a short walk across a field brings you unexpectedly to a ruined Abbey with a Gothic window overlooking a lake and woodland gardens. The ruined window arches, cracked walls and stone pillar bases give the Abbey an impression of great age and antiquity.  In fact it is a folly, constructed around 18 years ago.

The River God in a cave beside the cascade and lake in the garden created by Simon Sainsbury and Stewart Grimshaw at Woolbeding House, West Sussex.

Take the circular route, cross the yellow bridge and you will be greeted by the River God: Sculpted by Tom Verity, Neptune benignly surveys his watery kingdom from the shelter of a rocky alcove surrounded by Lonicera, Aquilegia, Angelica archangelica, Digitalis lutea, and Alchemilla mollis. His cloak is made of oyster shells and he rests one arm on an urn gushing water around his feet.

Evening light in July on the modern water feature and the south front of Woolbeding House (not National Trust) at Woolbeding Gardens, West Sussex. Woolbeding is a modern masterpiece, with colour-themed garden rooms and a landscape garden.

Modern art enthusiasts won’t be disappointed by the William Pie Water Fountain, a 4-metres high sculpture inspired by a former cedar tree that used to stand in its place. Watch how the water is allowed to perfectly spill over the edge of the bowl into the central trunk to resemble a tree shape.

Enjoy the sweeping colours of the late-summer borders and catch the glow of September sun at Woolbeding Gardens. Book now to visit before they close for the season at the end of September! Visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolbeding-gardens or call 03442491895

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