John Brookes talks of Denmans closure and hopes of re-opening

Denmans Garden Ltd, a business owned and operated by the former business partner of garden designer John Brookes MBE, has filed for bankruptcy and its assets are to be auctioned off later this month.

This is was not a business that John Brookes MBE owned or operated.
Denmans Gardens, which is not part of Denmans Gardens Ltd, will be closed to the public during this period pending resolution of a business dispute between the two former partners, but Brookes remains committed to re-opening the garden when the dispute is resolved.
"It’s a shame that people are unable to visit", said Brookes, "Because it is looking especially wonderful just now. We have worked hard this winter and as spring progresses, that effort has had great results."
Brookes, one of Britain's most influential landscape designers and authors, has taught and worked around the world but has been living at Denmans Gardens since 1980. He took over management from plantswoman and author, Joyce Robinson, who was then aging and growing unable to care for the garden.   She was happy to find someone to take Denmans over in the hopes that it would be come, in her words, "a teaching garden". Brookes opened the "Clock House School of Garden Design" has spent the past 37 years gardening there and working from his studio in the Clock House.

The sale, which takes place on 26 April, will include many of the well-known garden statues, architectural urns and planters, as well as Denmans' garden and café furniture, catering equipment and plants in a sale that exceeds 200 lots.

Business asset valuers & auctioneers Marriott & Co. are managing the sale of the West Sussex company's assets for the liquidators.

The full lot catalogue is available at Online bidding begins 10 April.

There will be an open viewing day to view the lots at the Fontwell premises on 25 April 2017, 10am to 4pm.

Liquidator is Harrison Business Recovery and Insolvency.

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