Gardens Events

The Art and Craft of Garden Design

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Tuesdays March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 1, September 18, october 16 and November 20, 10am-5pm

£1,200 for nine course dates

The garden at Great Dixter provides the perfect setting for students to learn about the art and craft of garden design. This innovative nine-month course, led by award-winning garden designer and lecturer Annie Guilfoyle, allows participants to observe and study the garden throughout the changing seasons. It will incorporate the fundamentals of garden design and is delivered through seminars, demonstrations and critical appraisal of the garden. There will be practical design sessions, some garden-based.

Phone 01797 254048 or visit

The Artist’s Garden


Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Wednesday August 1-Sunday September 30

Normal admission charges apply

Visitors to Borde Hill Garden can enjoy meandering through an exhibition of artwork inspired by the beauty of nature in stone, stained glass, ceramic, resin and metalwork. Artists include Christine Baxter, Diana Roles, Ian Marlow, Joe Szabo, Mark Reed and Will Spankie. Pictures: sculptures by Christine Baxter.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit

The Garden of Imagination

Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath

Wednesday-Friday August 1-31

£2 per trail, plus Garden admission/Friends free

The Garden of Imagination is a mystical trail running through the Garden and Woodland at Borde Hill with fantasy creatures and other worldly beings, including unicorns, fairies, giants and a golden phoenix. There will also be children’s activities on selected dates, including the chance to ‘meet a mermaid’ and ‘make your own fairy garden’. Picture: Alex Rickard Photography.

Phone 01444 450326 or visit

Nursery Propagation Day

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday August 20, 10am-4.30pm


This study day, led by Great Dixter nursery manager Michael Morphy and assistant nursery manager Kathleen Leighton, takes participants through each stage of making your own compost, taking cuttings, sowing seeds, splitting perennials and looking after potted plants.

Phone 01797 252878 or visit

Unusual Plant & Garden Fair

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Sunday September 2, 11am-5pm

At this fair, there will be unusual plants to buy from specialist nurseries, artworks and gardenia from local and national craftspeople and artists, horticultural sundries, and homemaking and refreshments.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

Exotic Gardening

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday September 3, 10am-4.30pm


Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett leads a study day that gives an insight into the tropical garden, from design, plant choice, the act of planting, maintenance and their winter care. The day includes slides and talks in the Great Hall and practical sessions in the Exotic Garden.

Phone 01797 254048 or visit

Dahlia Days

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

Wednesday-Saturday September 5-15, 10am-5pm

Entrance £10.50/u16s £5/u6 free

In September, the garden of the 16th house Pashley Manor is ablaze with colour from its thousands of dahlias during the Dahlia Days event. More than 60 varieties of the diverse perennial are planted throughout the garden: pinks in the Rose Garden, yellows in the Golden Beds, whites in the Elizabethan Garden, purples in the Pool Garden and more. The pièce de resistance is the hot reds and oranges, interspersed with darker burgundies and complemented by the second flowering of roses, canna lilies, late flowering perennials and other annuals, in the herbaceous borders. During Dahlia Days, Bloms Bulbs will be at Pashley with a display of cut dahlias, giving advice and taking orders, and Pashley’s gardeners will be giving talks on dahlias. Picture: Kate Wilson.

Phone 01580 200888 or visit

Stunning Succulent Teacups with Fiona Wemyss

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Thursday September 6, 10am-2pm

£55/RHS members £44

In this workshop, Fiona Wemyss, of Blueleaf Plants, who specialises in growing succulents and creating unique arrangements with them, explains how to arrange cute and colourful succulents in a pretty teacup and saucer. The workshop will help participants choose containers and match them with suitable plants and explain how to plant and care for them. They will be able to take their own teacup and saucer home. All the tools and materials required are provided, as well as a good variety of succulents in a range of shapes, sizes and colours plus composts and grits and decorative stones for planting. Choose from a selection of vintage or modern teacups and saucers or bring your own.

Phone 01233 731240, email or visit

National Garden Scheme – Open Day

Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield

Sunday September 9, 11am-5pm

The Sussex Prairie Garden, an eight-acre garden consisting of a series of interlocking arcs of large planted borders in a naturalistic style, is open for charity.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday September 10, 12.30pm-3.30pm


Great Dixter gardener Michael Wachter leads an exploration of the borders at Great Dixter to see the plants that are looking good and give an insight into the work behind it. Light refreshments are included.

Phone 01797 254048 or visit

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