In 2001, while searching for new premises, Jan Howard garden enthusiast and garden accessory designer, was introduced to a totally neglected and undiscovered walled garden on the Cowdray Estate. Jan was on a quest to find more display space for her award winning company Room in the Garden which designs and makes garden structures in rusted iron. Having exhibited at several Royal Horticultural Society shows including The Chelsea Flower Show Jan wanted a permanent showcase for her designs.
She successfully leased the derelict garden space together with the adjoining building of two function rooms. Jan’s mission was to restore the original Tudor Pleasure Garden in sympathy with its history. The Walled Garden’s restoration work was a labour of love and dedication, with many challenges along the way. The work was completed in 2004 and the magnificent garden opened in May 2005.
Thanks to Jan’s vision and energy this unique and romantic garden is a colour fest bursting with roses, clematis and scented garden herbs. Visitors can sit in the secluded orchard or stroll along the lavender walks.
The Garden’s romantic setting is a most idyllic backdrop for Weddings and Special Events and is also the perfect place to visit and enjoy nature’s abundant colour.
The Walled Garden is alleged to have been a Tudor Pleasure Garden which was visited by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I The Walled Garden reflects elements of a Tudor Pleasure Garden of its time. In it you will find turf benches, arbours, structured paths, sweet smelling herbs, fruit trees – apples, pears and plums and herbaceous beds enclosed by brick walls.
“The Medieval Garden was a true paradise, in short a happy retreat from an uncertain world outside…”
Miranda Innes & Clay Perry, “Medieval Flowers”