Ramster Gardens


Prologue

 

 The gardens at Ramster lie south of Chiddingfold, a village in the southwest corner of Surrey near the border with West Sussex. The famous woodland gardens at Ramster cover 8ha and were laid out in the early years of the 20th century by Gauntlett Nurseries, of Chiddingfold. Now a mature flowering shrub garden, it is full of unusual and interesting plants, which have flourished under the canopy of oaks and larches.

In early spring, sheets of daffodils cover the ground and camellias and magnolias, with gentle, subtle colouring take the centre stage. In May the brilliant display of rhododendrons and azaleas is at its best, while a carpet of bluebells fills the air with scent and the ever-changing colours of the garden are reflected in the pond. A wander along the grass paths, which wend their way through the glades, provides something for everyone.

The house, which is based on a Jacobean farmhouse, is not open to the public, but the Long Hall, which is attached to the house, is a very popular venue for wedding receptions and dinners. Garden lovers of all types, experts to keen amateurs, or those just seeking peace and beauty will all find something to please them.