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

Garden Tour

Alfriston Clergy House, The Tye, Alfriston

Tuesdays April 17, May 15 and July 17, 11.30am-12.30pm

Free. Normal admission charges apply

The Clergy House’s head gardener leads a tour around the idyllic garden, which was laid out in the 1920s by Sir Robert Witt, who segmented it into small individual ‘rooms’ and for terracing down to the river. There’s a box tree garden, a medieval-style square garden bounded by yew hedges and divided by paths with a sundial at its centre, an orchard, rose beds and a herb garden and vegetable garden.

Phone 01323 871961 or visit

Allium Extravaganza

Arundel Castle, Arundel

May and June

In May and June, eruptions of pom-pom headed alliums burst into bloom at Arundel Castle. Nicknamed the ‘fireworks of gardening’, more than 14 varieties of allium will be on show in the Walled gardens. Head gardener Martin Duncan explains, “This allium display brings a fresh new burst of colour and intrigue to the Collector Earl’s Gardens. We have deliberately selected tall ornamental alliums to create the illusion of them bursting like fireworks above neighbouring flowers. With names like ‘Mount Everest’, it’s easy to understand the visual impact that these flowers will deliver and why they are such a talking point in the gardens”.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

Sculpture in Particular

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

Saturdays May 26-June 2, 10am-5pm

Entrance £10.50/u16s £5/u6 free

The 16th century house Pashley Manor hosts an exhibition and sale of almost 200 pieces of sculpture at its award-winning gardens at the Sculpture in Particular event. The exhibition in the house, which is not usually open to the public, features interior pieces as well as pieces suitable for smaller gardens. The Garden Room café is also hosting an exhibition of floral and botanical art. Picture: Poop Poop by Graham Thrussell/picture: Kate Wilson.

Phone 01580 200888 or visit

The Wildlife Garden

The Wildlife Garden

The Beeches, Church Road, Barcombe

Thursday May 31, 10am-4pm

Wildlife gardens don’t have to be unkempt areas full of nettles and brambles. During this day course, run by Sussex-based professional gardener Laurie McMillan, you will learn about which plants attract different species of wildlife to the garden and have the chance to design an area for wildlife using the resources in the classroom.

Phone 07771 655862, or visit

A Chalk Gardener’s Question Time


Chichester Festival Theatre, Oaklands Park, Chichester

Saturday June 2, 11am

Tickets £5

Garden designer Annie Guilfoyle (pictured above, left), who programmes all the garden courses at West Dean College and teaches there as well as Great Dixter in East Sussex, chairs a talk on getting the most out of a chalky soil, inspired by the setting of Enid Bagnold’s play The Chalk Garden, which is on stage at the Chichester Festival Theatre. She is joined by an expert panel  comprising Tom Brown (pictured above, right), head gardener at Parham House near Storrington who also lectures at West Dean, Sarah Coles, who has written a book about Gardening on Limestone and Chalk and lectures and writes on gardens and horticulture, and Jo Hooper, head gardener at Highdown Garden, near Worthing, which was originally a quarry and is now a magnificent chalk garden open to the public. Annie Guilfoyle, a judge for the Society of Garden Designers Awards whose design studio Creative Landscapes is based in Midhurst, will be asking the panel questions about various aspects of how to garden on chalk. This will include what are the implications of a chalky soil, what are the best plants to grow and how does it affect the veg and fruit garden. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions to the panel.

Phone 01243 781312 or visit

Garden House Specialist Plant Fair

The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton

Saturday June 2, 11am-5pm

Entry £2.50/children free

This is a chance to view a variety of specialist plant stalls, selling vegetable seedlings, dahlias, succulents, herbaceous perennials, trees and shrubs. Homemade food cooked in an outdoor clay oven will be served.

Phone 0778 668595 or 07729 037182 or visit

Rodmell Open Gardens

Rodmell, near Lewes

Sunday June 3, 2pm-5pm

Tickets £5/children free

Around 10 gardens in the village of Rodmell will be open. The Abergavenny Arms pub will be open for lunch,  there will be children’s activities, teas in the village hall from 2pm, and arts and crafts for sale under a marquee in Place House. Proceeds go to St. Peter’s Church and other village clubs and societies. Tickets will be available from two entry points to the village.

Phone 01273 473939, email or visit

Selsey Garden Tour

Selsey, near Chichester

Sunday June 3, from 2pm

Tickets £4 available from the website below

In conjunction with the Selsey Gardening Club, this tour provides the opportunity to view local gardens. Come and see what works and thrives in our sometimes difficult and demanding environment of strong winds and salty spray. Visiting the gardens will be a leisurely stroll. Wheelchair access may not be available in all gardens. Tea and cake will be available for a small charge. The event supports the Selsey Carers and Selsey Sports Dream.

Phone 07722 827220, email or visit

Wadhurst Open Gardens

Wadhurst, near Crowborough

Sunday June 3, 2pm-6pm

Tickets £5/u16s free

Wadhurst is a village in the High Weald, an area of outstanding beauty, and around 13 gardens will be open. Among them is the garden of Helen Yemm, The Telegraph gardening correspondent. There will be tea and cake at Wadhurst parish church. Donated plants will be available for sale at a plant stall in the High Street. All proceeds go to help fund Carillon Cottage, a community-based resource centre located in the High Street. Buy tickets from Carillon Cottage, High Street, Wadhurst. Tickets are available now or buy on the day from 1.30pm.

Phone 01892 785658, email or visit

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