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The Bog Garden

The Bog Garden is planted around a small pond close to the Slips.
The Bog Garden at Wakehurst

Did you know?

  • Dragonfly larvae can spend up to five years underwater before emerging as an adult for a brief life on the wing.
  • The stack of logs at the western end of the Bog Garden provides a home for stag beetle larvae and winter quarters for newts.

About the Bog Garden

The Bog Garden is planted around a small pond close to the Slips. It was created between 2001 and 2003 on the site of a former bog garden that had fallen into disrepair. Today, ornamental plants such as marsh marigolds, irises and phormiums flower in spring and summer in beds on the eastern and southern sides of the pool. Foliage from rodgersia, astilbe and poterium provide texture. The beds on the northern side are reserved for UK native plants, such as common quaking grass and the yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus).

Things to look out for

A native black poplar (Populus nigra var. betulifolia) grows at the western end of the Bog Garden. Loss of habitat has caused this native tree to decline in Britain to the extent that there are only 33 mature trees remaining in East and West Sussex. Wakehurst is part of the Sussex Black Poplar Group, which is restoring trees to the local landscape. Young trees raised in the estate’s nursery are being planted and monitored at suitable sites in the two counties.

Activities for children

The Bog Garden incorporates a walkway and dipping pool that are designed to enable children to examine aquatic wildlife, such as water boatmen, frogs, newts, dragonflies and damselflies in safety. For more information on arranging an educational session, see our schools education page An information post beside the pond provides information on how to identify dragonflies.