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The Mansion Garden

The historic Mansion at Wakehurst is nestled between formal and informal borders, a sweeping lawn, a pond and a walled garden.

Mansion Pond

Planted with waterlilies, and inhabited by mallards and moorhens, the pond is a real draw for visitors and the perfect spot for a photo. 

The pond’s border is planted with colourful rhododendrons, magnolias and pampas grasses.

At the northern end of the pond there are several Japanese maple trees, which look particularly striking in autumn.

Mansion Pond at Wakehurst

Walled Garden and Pleasurance 

Enter through the heavy oak door and you are transported to one of Wakehurst's most magical spaces. Whatever the season you will find that a leisurely stroll and some precious minutes sat on one of the benches will leave you relaxed and refreshed. 

The Walled Garden is divided into two distinct areas. Firstly, the Henry Price Memorial Garden that is planted in an informal cottage garden style - a profusion of colour throughout the spring and summer. Here you will find an abundance of roses and shrubs intermingled with tender plants propagated in the Wakehurst nurseries.

Step through the narrow archway and you will enter the Pleasurance Garden, which is planted in a more formal style.

Walled Garden at Wakehurst

West Mansion Border

This border lies against the wall of the Mansion on its west side. It is planted in a rainbow of summer colour in true Gertrude Jekyll style, using a mix of herbaceous perennials and tender plants. 

The border runs from oranges through reds, pinks, mauves and blues to white at the Walled Gardens gate. This is a glorious place to soak up the afternoon summer sun.

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