In 2001 while searching for new premises for her award winning garden company, Room in the Garden, Jan Howard was introduced to a totally neglected secret garden concealed within its original Tudor brick walls adjacent to the historic Cowdray Ruins. Jan was immediately inspired and agreed a lease with the Cowdray Estate which enabled her to restore the ancient garden to her own design in sympathy with its history. This privately funded restoration project was completed in 2005 thanks to Jan’s vision and energy and the support of The Cowdray Estate and The Walled Garden Sponsors.

“Its been a great privilege to restore this Tudor Pleasure Garden, a place where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I would have strolled. I am excited that The Walled Garden at Cowdray is developing as a Centre of Excellence and an historic and beautiful venue set in the countryside of West Sussex”.