Tuesday 21 February, 7pm – Online talk for the National Garden Scheme Spring series
Fifty years ago, renowned landscape designer John Brookes MBE discovered Denmans through the NGS Yellow Book. Captivated by its naturalistic plantings and innovative gravel gardens created by plantswoman, Joyce Robinson, he said the garden was something ‘new’ and that it broke with the labor-intensive garden traditions of the past. Moving to Denmans in 1980, he started the Clock House School of Garden Design and took over management of the garden. Over the years the Modernist stylised the garden, fusing Mrs Robinson’s plantings with his bold, distinctive style. Today the garden retains the rich horticultural heritage, gravel gardens, and dry riverbeds Mrs. Robinson created, and the flowing lines, architectural plantings, and focal points integrated by Brookes. Denmans is a tranquil, contemporary garden at home in its Sussex setting; the best of horticulture and landscape design. This talk tells the garden’s story, how it was nearly lost, and what the future holds.
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