Bates Green Garden
  • Tye Hill Road
    Nr Polegate
    East Sussex
    BN26 6SH
This Plantswoman’s tranquil garden provides interest through the seasons. A shady Woodland Garden is created around a majestic oak tree.

The colour-themed Middle Garden contains vibrant perennials to delight in summer and autumn. Courtyard Gardens contain seasonal container displays. The Front Garden is  a spring and autumn joy with narcissi, primroses, violets then coloured stems and leaves of cornus and salix. Wildlife Pond and Wildflower Meadow with seating for contemplation.  Gardened for nature and wildlife.

This naturalistic garden has been owned by the McCutchan family since 1921 and was developed and skillfully planted by Carolyn McCutchan when she moved to the property in 1968. The Garden was renowned for its colourful imaginative planting and Bates Green Garden was featured in many magazine articles. Since Carolyn’s death in 2019, the garden has been undergoing a period of restoration by a small team of gardeners led by Emma Reece who was a student of Carolyn’s in 2002.

The garden surrounds the farmhouse, which was originally a small gamekeeper’s cottage. The soil is neutral pH heavy Weald clay much improved with homemade compost. The garden has very distinct areas, which enable plants from different ecological conditions to thrive, including a small pond to encourage wildlife.

 In the Woodland Garden spring bulbs abound followed by herbaceous woodlanders and hardy cyclamen. In the more formal shaped Middle Garden colour is the main theme, starting with tulips and alliums, and then herbaceous and woody plants take over until the asters and dahlias shine out in autumn.  The Winter Garden is positioned so that the low rays of sun make the most of the coloured leaves and stems of the many cornus, with bulbs and plants grown for interest from spring through to autumn. Other beds flow with a good mixture of grasses and all manner of exciting plants to give colour, texture and movement. Autumn tones are provided in abundance by the many mature trees and shrubs within the Garden and around the farmhouse.

Bates Green Garden is in a tranquil setting, surrounded by pastures grazed by sheep with views of the South Downs. The 6-acre Wildflower Meadow contains a wealth of flora and fauna. It is traditionally managed with mown paths and seating for visitors. Beatons Wood is an ancient oak and hornbeam wood which has been home to the Arlington Bluebell Walk for the past 50 years. Spring visitors will enjoy the wild daffodil glade, whilst autumn walkers can hunt for the many species of fungi present in the woods. The garden is managed with wildlife in mind and is naturalistic with a relaxed feel. Homemade refreshments and light lunches available in the large airy Barn  Picnic areas provided.

Open every Wednesday 10-4 until 23rd October 2024

Future dates
  • Wednesday 31st July 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 7th August 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 14th August 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 21st August 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 28th August 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 4th September 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 11th September 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 18th September 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 25th September 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 2nd October 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 9th October 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 16th October 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • Wednesday 23rd October 10:00am until 4:00pm
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