Great British Gardens: Season by Season with Carol Klein

Gravetye Manor

Series 1 - Episode 3 Gravetye Manor



The gardens at Gravetye Manor, a country-house hotel in East Sussex, “revel in the beauty of nature”, according to Carol Klein. This masterpiece was planted by William Robinson, a horticultural revolutionary who “set gardens free” by celebrating nature rather than controlling it. In spring there are glorious drifts of daffodils, while in the summer what she calls “an international community of flowers” flourish next to each other in the same bed.

But it’s the magnificent walled kitchen garden that takes your breath away. Seeing it transform through the seasons from bare earth to a cornucopia of vegetables is a treat.


The green-fingered expert visits Gravetye Manor in West Sussex. Gravetye was once the living laboratory of horticultural innovator William Robinson and ornamental flower gardens compete with his beautifully designed walled kitchen garden, which supplies the hotel's restaurant. In spring, Carol delights in the wildflower meadows covered in blankets of daffodils, crocus and snowdrops and in the summer, revels in the beauty of the ornamental flower garden. The autumn brings dazzling displays of colour among the trees, while in winter the gardeners spend their time gearing up for the year ahead.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Carol Klein
Director Jessica Matthews
Executive Producer Natalie von Hurter
Executive Producer Jonathan Stadlen
Producer Jessica Matthews