Where Design Meets Horticulture

Award-winning Denmans Garden is the former home and garden of the late John Brookes MBE, one of Britain’s most influential landscape designers and garden design authors. This tranquil contemporary 4-acre garden was converted in the 1940s from market garden to ornamental garden by plantswoman Joyce Robinson who started the extensive gravel gardens in 1970. It features dry riverbeds, gravel gardens, a walled garden, a conservatory, ponds, and a broad variety unusual plants that are integral to the garden’s overall design.  

Opening hours are  Mon – Sat 9.30am – 4pm;  Sun 11am – 4pm
No admission fee required for the Gift Shop, Plant Centre, or cafe.
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Midpines Café is open Mon-Sat, 9-4 and Sun from 10-4
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About Denmans

In 1946, Joyce and Hugh Robinson purchased land that had belonged to Lord Denman at the turn of the century. They moved into the dilapidated gardener’s cottage and renovated the badly neglected property, creating a successful market garden, complete with greenhouses, conservatories, a walled garden, dairy, and piggery.  Their produce went by train to Covent Garden Market and to local shops.
Joyce, known as Mrs. J.H., eventually converted it from market garden to ornamental garden, residing in the charming cottage until her passing in 1996.
John Brookes MBE moved to Denmans in 1980. Until his death in March 2018, he revised the garden continually, integrating Mrs. J.H.’s planting style and retaining the two dry river beds she created. Renovations he began are ongoing.
Today Denmans, which is 4 acres, is a contemporary country garden renowned for its curvilinear layout, faux dry river beds, water features, complex and unusual plantings, and its peaceful year-round interest.
Located between Arundel and Chichester, Denmans is highly significant in the history of garden design.

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