History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The garden is strikingly different, planted with species that thrive in the chalky soil of the downland, in an area with thin soil, salty air and high winds.
Highdown owes its existence to one man; Sir Frederick Stern, a big game hunter and secretary to PM David Lloyd George. Stern began to lay out the gardens here in 1909, based around an unused chalk pit. He planted the gardens with unusual species brought back by plant-hunters from China and the Himalayas. Two plant-hunters, in particular, helped create Highdown; Reginald Farrer and EH Wilson travelled throughout the Orient collecting unusual plant samples. Many of these species still thrive on Highland's chalky hillside.
Frederick Stern devoted his life to discover which plants could thrive on the chalk downland soil. He spent 50 years experimenting, and through trial and error created the rare and unusual mix of plants that we see today. As a result of his work, Stern was awarded a knighthood for services to horticulture. When Stern died in 1967 the garden was left to Worthing Borough Council.
The hillside site is a wonderful mix of wooded areas and more formal beds. There is an avenue of Himalayan birch, an herb garden, bamboo pond, hellebore bank, and a lovely beech wood.
The garden is open most days from spring through autumn, and weekdays during the winter months. Admission is free.
About Highdown Gardens
Address: 33 Highdown Rise, Littlehampton Road, Goring by Sea, West Sussex, England, BN12 6FB
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 3 miles west of Worthing, on the A259
Website: Highdown Gardens
Phone: 01903 501054
Photo Credit: Screenshot is (c) Highdown Gardens
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery - 3.3 miles (Museum)
Cissbury Ring - 3.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Littlehampton Museum - 4.2 miles (Museum)
Arundel Museum - 5.1 miles (Museum)
Arundel Castle - 5.2 miles (Castle)
Arundel Wildfowl and Wetland Centre - 5.3 miles (Countryside)
Arundel Cathedral - 5.4 miles (Cathedral)
Chanctonbury Ring - 5.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Highdown Gardens:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Worthing (Chapel Road)
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01903 221 066
Alternate Tel: 01903 221 168