|ussex is located about 50 miles south of
London where the land meets the sea. The county's name is derived from the
Saxon tribe that once ruled the area in the 9th century, called Suth Seaxe. In
1888 the county was divided in two for administrative purposes, but remains one
of the largest counties in England, measuring 78 miles wide and 30 miles high.
It has a extremely varied landscape and boasts great expanses of woodlands,
accounting for over 15% of the UK's total land cover.
There is something to see all year round from the first hints of colour as the early Spring flowering bulbs start to emerge. Breathtaking woodland bluebell walks follow the carpets of yellow daffodils. Sussex is renowned for its early displays of Magnolias and Camellias swiftly followed by Rhododendrons and Azaleas, the vista turns to vibrant reds, pinks and yellows before the summer gardens take over with their rainbow of colours and charming scent-filled cottage gardens. The autumn months are equally spectacular in Sussex Country with a blaze of colour to rival any firework display, followed by the quiet rehabilitating sleep of winter and crisp, frosty mornings.
The extent of the Sussex woodlands are reflected in many of the popular gardens of the county, including Sheffield Park, Leonardslee and High Beeches. Sheffield Park especially is renowned for it's magnificent displays of autumn woodland colour, as shown on this site.
The links on the left will take you to a selection of Sussex Gardens that I have managed to visit so far. There are many more that I hope to add in the future.