Open Gardens 2018

Garden lovers are being urged by St Wilfrid’s to give a big green thumbs up this summer to raise money for the hospice.

You can still register to be part of our ‘Open Garden’s summer programme until the end of May. Contact us at Lots of gardeners have already opened their gardens for the June, July and August season. See the full list of participating gardens further below and maps to each garden on individual event pages for each garden here.

This year we have big and small gardens, allotments, Care homes, Nursing homes and schools, run by young and old alike.

The season opens with St Philips Primary school garden, whose student Growing Club are supported by local residents from Arundel Allotments. The children help weed, plant and maintain the flower beds and in the summer flowers are planted and fruit and vegetables grown. They keep strictly to their colour palette of red, white and blue even with their hanging baskets. Check out this patriotic garden on Saturday 9 June. (3-5pm at Fontwell Park, Fontwell Avenue, Nr Chichester, PO20 3RY).

On Sunday 8 July when we will open our gardens between 2pm-5pm, and hold our annual Rainbow Day here at St Wilfrid’s (on Grosvenor Road, Chichester, PO19 8FP) for the last time, before we move to our new Hospice in Bosham in 2019. We welcome all bereaved families and friends to the Hospice to celebrate memories of their loved ones.

There will be activities, stalls, music, refreshments and entertainment for all the families and our traditional rainbow cards will be available should you wish to dedicate a special message to a loved one. Not forgetting the beautiful dove release, in memory of those no longer with us.

Check out the full list of wonderful gardens participating below:

St Philips Primary School

Saturday 9 June (2-4pm)

London Rd, Arundel BN18 9BA

Growing Club boasts a number of children with green fingers, supported by residents from Arundel Allotments. The children weed, plant and maintain the flower beds come show your support for the gardeners of the future! (£1.00)

Bracken Lodge

Sunday 10 June 2018 (2pm – 5pm)

Bracken Lodge, Brookside Close, Runcton, Chichester, West Sussex. PO20 1PY

This is a lovely garden with some very interesting architectural items in it. There are a number of borders with mixed shrubs and small trees. The large eco - friendly pond is full of life including tadpoles and beautiful water lilies. Three raised beds and two greenhouses make up the kitchen garden area, where an array of vegetables are grown. A soft fruit cage has blueberries and both summer and autumn raspberries growing. There will be a plant stall offering a range of plants for a donation and seating to enjoy some refreshments. (£3.00)

Hillside Cottage

Thursday 14 June (11-4pm)

4 Hillside Cottages, Downs Road, West stoke, Chichester PO18 9BL

This small rural cottage garden is planted with mixed borders and shrubs, with a large collection of mainly New English Shrub Roses. Walls, fences and arches are covered with clematis and baskets overflowing with fuchsias. (£3.50)


Sunday 17th June (10.30am- 5.00pm)

For free parking please go to PO10 8RN

The owners of 20 or more gardens will be inviting garden lovers to enjoy the experience of wandering through the village and opening their gates. Delights include small, exquisitely designed patio gardens; carefully manicured and tastefully planted mature gardens and gardens designed and planted to show standard. In addition, to ensure all members of the family are kept interested, fed and amused, there will be treasure trails for children; wine tasting; teas on the Rectory Lawn; plant sales; a raffle with generous prizes and much, much more. (£8 -Children under 14 go free)

Felpham Allotment

Saturday 30th June (10-4pm)

Felpham Road, Bognor Regis, PO22 7PW

Felpham Allotments & Gardens on the A259 and next to traffic lights just before you enter Felpham Village. You won't miss the bunting! Free parking is available at St Mary's Centre. There is a path through the church, it will be signposted for you. We have 100 plots, therefore 100 different styles of gardening. In June it looks stunning and you'll be able to wonder around at your leisure.  We'll be selling cakes and refreshments. Of course plant, produce and a vintage garden stall too. Not to forget the BBQ, raffle and much more to entertain the children - no age limit. (£2.00)

Carlton Avenue

Sunday 1 July (2pm-5pm)

32 Carlton Avenue, Bognor Regis, PO21 3LR

A beautiful town garden with mature planting including raised beds, meandering paths and a few friendly statues along the way. (£3.00)

Marriot House and Lodge

Saturday 7 July (2-5pm)

Tollhouse Close, Chichester, PO19 1SG

The Marriot House and Lodge have beautiful landscaped gardens with a unique sensory garden. Delicious cake on offer with a Prize Raffle to be drawn on the day. (£3.00)

Cokes Farm

Sunday 15 July (2pm-5pm)

Cokes Farm, Westburton, Pulborough, RH20 1HD

A county garden within a smallholding, where the owners keep hens, Southdown sheep and a few geese, there is also a large 'No-Dig' system organic vegetable garden. Home grown produce for sale with a kid-friendly atmosphere, swings, slides and a tree house to play on, refreshments available. (£3.00)

Hoe Cottage

Saturday 21 July, (2-5pm)

Hoe Cottage, Hoe Lane, Flansham, Bognor Regis, PO22 8NW

This stunning garden is on an undulating site with mature trees and shrubs. There is a sunny gravel area with a mixture of grasses - a lovely place to sit. Shady paths lead through trees to a spectacular pond and waterfall. Tea, coffee and cake available. (£3.50)

Claremont Care Home

Saturday 18 August (3-5pm)

Fontwell Park, Fontwell Avenue, Nr Chichester PO20 3RY

Our beautiful Magnolia tree which takes pride of place in the main garden. Our residents use the gardens as much as possible throughout the year. We make hanging baskets and bird feeders, we have a raised bed for vegetables and flowers. (£3.00)


Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August (10-5pm)

54 Elmleigh, Midhurst, GU29 9HA

Enjoy a leisurely walk around this award- winning garden, with its majestic pines, shrubs, perennials and raised beds. Two ponds teeming with tadpoles too! Child friendly garden and dogs on leads welcome. Delicious homemade scones and cakes! Wheel chair friendly and parking for the disabled available. Call 07796562275 for assistance. (£3.50)

Rainbow Day – St Wilfrid’s Hospice Gardens

Sunday 8 July (2-5pm)

St Wilfrid's Hospice, Grovenor Road, Chichester PO19 8FP

For the last time visit the lovely gardens at the Grosvenor Road site before our new Hospice opens in 2019.  Remember a loved one and leave a special message on rainbow cards. Children's activities on offer as well as stalls and refreshments. (Free entry- donations can be made on at the door.)