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visitor said the following in our visitors book:
"You have created a most beautiful, idyllic haven. Thank you
for sharing it. I believe that we are here on earth to make a difference;
to make an improvement and you have certainly have done this here in creating
this place of beauty as an inspiration to others and for the benefit of
A visitor on Wednesday 1 May 2013 said: "This is one of the
most beautiful and well designed gardens I have visited - better than many of
the larger, more famous gardens I have seen. I'm thinking of asking for
a season ticket as one visit a year just isn't enough!"
Another visitor on Sunday 31 July 2011 said: "Mrs
Gladstone's plants are wonderful - all successes in our garden especially
daylilies and astrantias!" Please see the Visitors' Comments
page for many more comments about the garden.
and John Gladstone pay particular attention to harmonious colour, texture,
scent and shape when planting and tending their garden at Old Buckhurst in Markbeech.
Planted with trees, shrubs, shrub roses and a wide variety of herbaceous
plants – including Campanulas, Daylilies, hardy Geraniums, Grasses, Irises,
Lilies, Poppies, Paeonies and Penstemons – the 15th-century farmhouse's
one-acre garden is a tranquil and quintessentially English cottage garden tended
with an enthusiast's passion. Climbing roses and a wide range of clematis
festoon the garden's walls while a range of climbers clamber over arches and
a pergola. There is a small fruit and vegetable garden and many of the
variety of plants grown in the garden are available for purchase in the Gladstones'
adjoining small plant nursery.
farmhouse (not open), thought to have been built around 1500, may be the oldest
house in the village of Markbeech but the gardens were created from scratch
by Jane and John some 25 years ago. The gardens have lovely views of the
surrounding South Downs and if you are taken by the idea of bringing your own
picnic to enjoy the view, then the paddock has plenty of room for you to sit
and savour the views. (Please be sure to take all your litter home to avoid
damaging sheep/cattle in the surrounding fields.)
PLEASE NOTE some people are under the impression we are not
opening in 2014 for the National Garden Scheme and Tours. We are cutting down a bit but are still
opening. Re Tours, the only difference
is we are not taking bookings anymore for coaches. Sorry.
Only cars and mini buses. Jane
ARE WELCOME BY APPOINTMENT (minimum of ten).
price is available by calling Mrs Gladstone on 01342 850 825. A
tour includes a short talk (if required) by the owner and a tour of the
garden on a private day. Unfortunately because of the difficulties in
parking a coach, only Mini Buses and Car Tours are possible, (parking in the
paddock if possible). There are two types of tour on offer:
Refreshments are available if required with Tea/Coffee with shortbread and
homemade flapjacks and a short talk by the owner or
No refreshments and a short talk by the owner if required.
open for the National Gardens Scheme Charity frequently during the summer
season. In addition we open privately on a number of occasions for
tours. Please see our opening dates page for details.
The garden is maintained by the owners John and Jane
Gladstone with occasional help and ideas from their daughter Claire Gladstone
NH Hort. (Dist) - see 'need advice for your own
garden project' page.
of the plants grown in the garden are available for purchase in the small
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Regrettably, due to a few steps and some narrow paths, part of the garden is
not suitable for wheelchairs. Guide dogs and their owners are welcome.