With 27 acres of woodland, water gardens, and a collection of rare, exotic plants, High Beeches Gardens – Handcross is a botanical treasure trove. One of Sussex’s finest gardens.


High Beeches Gardens is home to a plant collection that includes specimens from many parts of the world. It’s a hidden gem in the High Weald of West Sussex. A botanical treasure trove. A classic English idyll. It is one of the finest woodland gardens in the South East.

Spring at High Beeches Gardens – Handcross

Meander through the beauty and tranquility of the garden. Wander amongst colourful camellias and magnificent magnolias that grow amid hosts of daffodils. As well as dainty miniature narcissi and other spring bulbs flourishing here.


In early summer why not follow the many paths through the glades carpeted with swathes of native bluebells. Immerse yourself surrounded by the glorious colour and fragrance of a multitude of azaleas and rhododendrons. The sumptuous Rhododendron Loderi are at their best at this time. The unique and ancient acid wildflower meadow is an entrancing sight in June, because it is alive with butterflies and buzzing with insects. The fine old Stewartias will be in flower, High Beeches Garden holds the National Collection.

Mid Summer

A peaceful time to relax and enjoy the wildlife attracted by the garden’s numerous wildflowers. Because of contrasting colours and textures of the varied foliage, a backdrop is created against which beautiful Hydrangeas and Eucryphias look their best. In mid to late August, the azure blue Willow Gentians are in flower, this is the only garden in England where they are naturalised.

Autumn at High Beeches Gardens – Handcross

Autumn is a time of breathtaking displays of colour. The results are amongst the best in the country. See the many spectacular Nyssas, Maples and Liquidambers growing throughout the garden and contrasting with the conifers. In addition the beds of cyclamen glow in the Autumn light. 

The gardens are open from April to November. A visit any time of the year is ideal but when the Spring approaches Summer, the rhododendrons and Azaleas are spectacular.

So importantly, the Tea Rooms are open from 10.00 to 15.00.

The gardens are very close to the M23. So you will find the Gardens easily accessible from Brighton, Haywards Heath, Crawley, East Grinstead or even Chichester It is excellent for a half day excursion.

To visit High Beeches Gardens in Handcross contact Holt Services