The first of the “Unforgettable Garden” series of talks offered by the Gardens Trust in partnership with the Sussex Gardens Trust, this talk by Gwendolyn van Paasschen will focus on the evolution of Denmans Garden from market garden to ornamental garden under the stewardship of Mrs. Joyce Robinson and John Brookes MBE. Mrs. Robinson, who started Denmans in the late 1940s, referred to her garden as ‘Glorious Disarray’. John Brookes, who discovered the garden through the National Garden Scheme in 1973, just after she’d started the first of her gravel gardens, fell in love with it. Already an award winning garden designer and author, he described Denmans as something ‘new’. He was intrigued by ‘the way she grew her plants in gravel’, a novel idea in the 1970s. At the end of his life, he referred to the garden as ‘Controlled’ disarray.

This talk will tell the story of this Grade II garden’s evolution, how it was nearly lost, and the efforts underway to restore it.

To book please go to the Sussex Gardens Trust website.