The Gardens are a haven of peace and tranquillity where you can sit and enjoy the sun, read and chat, protected from the bustle and noise of traffic by the old flint walls. Children can play safely on the clean lawns for this is the one part of the village where dogs, ball games and cycling are not permitted.
For several years the Kipling Gardens have held the prestigious Green Flag awarded for the best parks and green spaces in England and Wales. The 2010 Report states that, “The standard of horticultural excellence within the garden provides a unique visitor experience.” It goes on to suggest that the Council should, “Consider applying for national, European and international awards for this unique garden.” The judges have particularly praised immaculate state of Kipling Gardens, which are maintained by our very talented and dedicated gardener.
The Gardens also won the award for the Best Small Park in the South & South East in Bloom Competition in 2011 and has won the Gold Award annually since then.
Information Boards with a plan of the Gardens and a short history invite the visitor into the Gardens.Through the brick arches the visitor is tempted to follow the winding brick paths throughout the Gardens where there are many benches where you can sit comfortably.
Highlights are the walled Rose Garden, which is under-planted with narcissi thus bringing colour in spring before the explosion of colour from the roses in June. The west wall of the Rose Garden has a series of clairvoyeés through which you can look down into the adjacent “room” below.
There is a Herb Garden and a Wild Garden with beehives. Roger’s Nook is now a special area for ornamental grasses and these have been under-planted with blue and white alliums, creating a most dramatic picture in early summer.
There is a thriving croquet club with a healthy waiting list. This is a friendly club and newcomers are given lessons by qualified coaches. Play is from ‘April to October and beginners can try out the game on a Wednesday morning.
Events held in the Gardens are the Lions’ Fair on a Saturday in June and the Rottingdean village Fair on the first Saturday in August. Travelling players have recently performed in the Gardens to the delight of villagers.
Tours of the Gardens are held during the Brighton Festival and can also be organised by special arrangement. A guide to the Gardens can be purchased in the Grange Gallery for 50p.
For further information please call The Grange which is the Headquarters of Rottingdean Preservation Society on 01273 301004.