East Grinstead2022-11-17T13:11:10+00:00

Glorious Gardens has designed in the East Grinstead area.


There is rich history to Garden Wood which is situated in East Grinstead. The land that formed Garden Wood was a hilly piece of farm and woodland. It contained a few small ponds, one still remains at the rear of The Blytons and is used for fishing. Another still exists near the viaduct and was originally a millpond for Brook Mill which was later turned into a reservoir that provided water to the Imberhorne estate.There was another pond at the top of what is now Kipling Way but this has disappeared. A deep gully near the viaduct still helps to drain the land and this crosses under Garden Wood Road into a large floodplain area. This feeds into a stream that flows down through Dunnings Mill onto Forest Row and actually the beginning of the River Medway, which has its source in Turners Hill. In 1852 Frank Cayley Worsley, a director of the East Grinstead Railway Company owned Imberhorne Farm and he built the railway cutting for the East Grinstead to Three Bridges railway line that effectively divided Imberhorne farm in half. In 1877 the Blount family bought Imberhorne farm and developed the farmland, buying up and incorporating many other smaller farms. By 1896 the farm covered over a 1000 acres. Glorious Gardens creates garden designs which incorporates the local history of the area.

The National Trust property Standen House and garden is located within the area. The property was designed by Philip Webb, the house is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts workmanship, with Morris & Co. interiors. There is a major restoration of the 5-hectare (12-acre) hillside garden showcases year-round seasonal highlights and an award-winning plant collection. On the wider estate, footpaths lead out into the woodlands, Ashdown Forest and wider High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

In front of the house, the main lawn sweeps to the south, bordered by a ha-ha that links the garden to the wider landscape with barely a join. To the east are two of five trees that survived the 1987 gales, the magnificent tulip tree, a relative of the magnolia, and across the farm track is a large Monterrey pine, the sole survivor of Margaret Beale’s notable collection of conifers.

To the west of the lawn is grandfather’s walk, lined with pollard limes, it was created as an area for the elderly James Beale to be brought to when he could no longer manage the steep steps and slopes of the rest of the garden. The family would picnic in the shade of the limes, or sit in the summerhouse and look back at their country home. Glorious Gardens can create colourful, bright flower beds similar to the ones found at Standen House and garden.