Arundel, west sussex
Arundel Castle is the home of the Earl’s of Arundel & Dukes of Norfolk for centuries (since1067) and the current Duke and Duchess of Norfolk are forward thinking and great exponents of the gardens which makes working at Arundel Castle fantastic, the garden team feel that they are not only part of history, but also making history as the gardens continue to evolve.
Between the 1870s and 1890s the house was almost completely rebuilt and the magnificent architecture in Gothic style is considered to be one of the great works of Victorian England. The Arundel Castle Gardens are glorious gardens to explore with surprises around each corner, with a beautiful award winning ‘Water Garden’ recently restored from the historic ‘Stew Ponds’, there’s Tropical & English Gardens, the quirky Stumpery Garden and the abundant organic Kitchen Garden with its original 1852 Vine and Peach House and new ‘Messenger’ replica Tropical Glasshouse. Immerse yourself in the fragrance of the Rose Garden and enjoy the tranquillity of the Fitzalan Chapel’s White Garden.
Castle Garden History: Extract from Journal of Horticulture and Cottage Gardener, 1st January 1874, pages 11-14
“There were 14 acres of kitchen garden, in three main areas. An orchard of 5 acres, which contained frames for ‘forcing’ crops such as sea-kale, rhubarb, asparagus and potatoes: the walled garden with a further 5 acres, the walls being planted with peaches, apricots, figs, pears, plums and cherries and the borders with pears, plums, cherries and apples. Also within the walled garden were forcing houses, the Peach House, vineries and pineapple pits. Varieties of pineapples were grown, including Charlotte Rothschild, Black Antigua and Monserrat, heated pits were used to force bedding plants and house plants”
The Collector Earl’s Garden
Collector Earl’s Garden, opened in 2008 by HRH The Prince of Wales, is a memorial to the 14th Earl of Arundel, an avid art collector, Thomas Howard 14th Earl of Arundel (1585-1646) known as “The Collector Earl”, designed by Julian an Isobel Bannerman. It features oak pagodas covered in Hornbeam, the folly Oberon’s Palace with its unique floating crown, water fountains and rills depicting the local river Arun.
Garden Events 2022:
- Tulip Festival (1.2 million tulips planted over the past 8 years!)
- Spring & Autumn Plant Fair (April & September)
- Allium Extravaganza (May)