Kiplings Garden, Rottingdean, Brighton, East Sussex, UK. Review & Pictures
The 10 minute bus journey along the coast from Brighton to Rottingdean sets the tone for this Garden. Almost hidden from view in the picturesque village of Rottingdean, a short walk up the main street bordered by flint walls, is Kipling Gardens. The once spiritual garden where Nobel Pize winning Rudyard Kipling wrote some of his most famous books.
Literature states that the garden’s highlights include the walled Rose Garden, a Herb Garden and a Wild Garden but really above all this, the garden is a haven for peace and tranquility and I must say, a perfect reading Garden.
We visited Kipling Gardens on a Saturday morning, lots of traffic going through Rottingdean but inside this garden, you couldn’t hear a pin drop. Squirrels played and birds landed beside us, Probably no surprising when you see the rules “no ball games, no dogs and no radios” apart from Croquet played by club members. Cycling is also disallowed .. Hurrah! . This is your typical Ornamental English garden.
The rose garden has many varieties including Gertrude Jekyll, William Shakespeare, Mortimer Sackler , Harlow Carr, Pat Austin, Graham Thomas, Mountbatten and Jubilee Celebration. Two of the beds have been replanted with shrub roses dipped in mycorrhizal root compound in a trial aimed at combating specific replant disease. There are also ramblers and climbing roses against the walls. 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.
Great credit must be given to the The Rottingdean Preservation Society as this garden was severely overgrown until 1982 when a developer applied to build houses on it. The RPS appealed the application and eventually won. After this monumental win, the garden area was eventually bought for £50,100. The rest is history.
The Kipling Gardens are open to the public seven days a week and close at dusk throughout the year.
Entry is free and there is a ramped path for wheelchairs.
This small Garden is a true gem to visit and well worth the time. We spent the rest of our afternoon sampling the local ales and ciders of Brighton but that’s for another post 🙂