The Grange Garden
It was whilst the Grange was owned by the artist William Nicholson and the lawyer Sir George Lewis at the beginning of the 20th century, that the garden was transformed from simple rolling lawns and trees to its present distinct character. The designer was Sir Edwin Lutyens who, with the help of Gertrude Jekyll created the four gardens: the formal front garden, the north walkway, the flagged courtyard and the walled wide-bedded top garden.
In 2006 the Rottingdean Preservation Society embarked on restoring the Lutyens’ garden to its former glory. A volunteer gardening group was formed and set about the arduous task of clearing the ivy from the trees and walls and the shrubs and brambles from the courtyard, finally revealing Lutyens’ distinctive slate slabs, niches and alcoves, miraculously undamaged.
The spring of 2007 saw the true shape of the original garden, but with rather bar beds. An appeal to the Village for plants, brought forth an astonishing result – trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs were all donated and the volunteers set to work planting. Whilst trying to keep to Lutyens’ design, we have had to make allowances for drier summers and the need for low maintenance as we are a charity with limited resources. We have received help from the English Heritage’s Lutyens department through information and encouragement.
Now the garden is full and flourishing with a wide variety of plants and shrubs that are still true to the original Lutyens’ vision. The Grange Tea Garden offers light refreshments while you take a rest enjoying the view of beautiful flowers and plants.