Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye
Monday June 4, 10am-4.30pm
In this study day led by Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett, participants will discover the secrets of meadow gardening using the Great Dixter meadows as an example. He will go through the process of creating a meadow and maintaining it. There will be slides and talks in the Great Hall, and practical sessions in the meadow.
Phone 01797 252878 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.
The Beeches, Church Road, Barcombe
Thursday June 7, 10am-4pm
Container-growing is increasing in popularity as the range of plants used has widened over the recent years. There is a large choice of flowering and edible plants to choose from and this course looks at what makes a good container display by exploring compatible colour and leaf combinations. You will plant up a container and be instructed on how to care for them for the duration of their display.
Making Low Maintenance Easy & Beautiful with Juliet Sargeant
Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield
Thursday June 7, 10.30am-2pm
£65/RHS members £52
Chelsea Gold Medal-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant, a judge of Channel 4’s Village of the Year, delivers an easy way to learn more about your garden. Juliet explains how to prepare your garden in order to reduce the workload in the future, how to select plants that “behave” and combine them for interest all year round in your garden.
Special Rose Week
Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst
Friday June 8-Saturday June 16, 10am-5pm
Entrance £10.50/u16s £5/u6 free
The quintessentially English garden of the 16th century house Pashley Manor is bursting with roses in June. Masses of pinks spill out of their box-hedged borders in the formal Rose Garden and the pale pink, abundant blooms of Rosa Irene Watts parade either side of the Rose Walk. In the Herbaceous Borders, many red-hued shrub roses in the beds are complemented by rich red climbing roses on the 18th century walls, while in the pool garden the unusual silver sheened petals of Rosa Burgundy charmingly mirror the gleam of the water. Even the front of the house is covered in the pink-tinged creamy yellow flowers of the climbing Rosa Gloire de Dijon (pictured). Pashley’s blend of old fashioned and modern roses are complemented by foxgloves, clematis, London pride, sweet peas and summer flowering shrubs. Over the Special Rose Week, there is an opportunity to take a rose-themed walk round the gardens with the Head Gardener, and there is a selection of potted roses from Chelsea Gold Medal winners Peter Beales Roses to buy. Picture: Kate Wilson.
Phone 01580 200888 or visit pashleymanorgardens.com.
Henfield Open Gardens and Arts
Henfield, near Horsham
Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10, 11am-5pm
This free Festival of Gardens and Art, in its 20th year, opens around 30 private and public gardens of all shapes and sizes, all easy to walk to and wheelchair-friendly. Also taking part are individual artists’ houses and studios, and groups of artists in Henfield Hall and churches. Community clubs, pubs and coffee shops will also be open, with many serving homemade food, teas, cakes, lunches and drinks, selling plants and hosting music events including a finale on Sunday. There will be a wide variety of art and crafts, such as ceramics, jewellery, paintings, sculptures and wood turning. Pictures: Mike Ainscough.
Kirdford Open Gardens
Kirdford, near Billingshurst
Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10, 12noon-5pm
Tickets £6 per day/two-day pass £8
This is a relaunch of the Kirdford Village Open Gardens weekend, with many beautiful village gardens, large and small, open in the pretty rural Sussex village. There will be a range of stalls and local exhibitions on village green and recreation ground. Lunch and teas will be served in sports pavilion as well as refreshments in the two village pubs. All proceeds go to the village hall, recreation ground and play area equipment. Tickets are available at the recreation ground.
Southease Open Gardens
Southease village, near Lewes
Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10, 12.30pm-5pm
Tickets £6/u10s free
Held annually to raise funds for the village’s 1,000-year-old historic church with its 13th century wall paintings, Southease Open Gardens will have eight gardens open, all within a short walking distance of the village green. Food, cakes and teas will be available on the village green, where there will be a Pimm’s stall, music band, children’s sunprinting for £5, and more. There also will be a question time with Mark Divall, head gardener at Charleston Farmhouse. All proceeds go to Southease Church Fabric Repair and General Funds.
Christopher Lloyd Lecture
Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye
Saturday June 9, 6pm
Lecture £60/dinner £50
The speaker for the 2018 Christopher Lloyd lecture are Keith Wiley, head gardener for more than 25 years at The Garden House in Devon, where since 2004 Keith and his wife Ros have created a dazzling new garden from a bare field: “The perfect showcase for his radical and exciting ideas on planting” called Wildside. The evening is hosted by Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett.
Phone 01797 254048 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.
Fletching Garden Trail
Fletching, near Uckfield
Sunday June 10, 11am-5pm
Tickets £6/children free
A range of private gardens in Fletching open their gates for the 25th annual trail. For one day each year, visitors can admire beautiful herbaceous borders, stunning views across National Trust land, and enjoy homemade lunches and teas served under ancient oak trees. There’s a chance to visit alpacas at Spring Farm, win tickets for family days out in the raffle, send children on a trail hunt, shop for crafts, plants, ice creams and more. All monies raised will directly benefit the children of Fletching Church of England Primary School. Tickets are available on the day from the school.
Seaford Town Council Open Garden Day
Seaford, between Eastbourne and Brighton
Sunday June 10, 11am-5pm
Around eight gardens, some having never opened to the public before, will be open to the public. TV presenter, garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medallist Juliet Sargeant (pictured below) will open the event at 11am at Driftwood beach garden (pictured above). Teas will be available in some of the gardens on the trail. Gardens are opening in aid of local charities nominated by the Mayor. Tickets will be available at each garden on the day.