Gardens Events

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.

Phone 01825 724080, email office@fletching.e-sussex.sch.uk or visit opengardens.co.uk.


Seaford Town Council Open Garden Day

 

Seaford, between Eastbourne and Brighton

Sunday June 10, 11am-5pm

Tickets £6

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.

Phone 01323 899296, email geoffstonebanks@gmail.com or visit mayorsopengardens.co.uk.


Amberley Open Gardens

Amberley, near Storrington

Sunday June 10, 12noon-6pm

Tickets £6/u12s free

Residents in the picturesque village of Amberley have been tending their gardens in preparation for this biennial Open Gardens event. It’s an opportunity to see beautiful and diverse gardens in an idyllic setting. There will be ploughman’’s lunches, village cream teas, a plant stall with unusual plants, and the raffle of a designer hand-made quilt. Proceeds go to Action Medical Research. Event passports are available on the day from The Square, junction of Church Street, and Church Street, junction of Hog Lane.

Phone 01798 831538 or visit amberleygardensopen.blogspot.co.uk.


Plant Fair Roadshow

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

Sunday June 10, 12noon-5pm

Tickets £8/child £4 (includes entrance to the garden and fair)

The plant fair, which is coming to the Sussex Prairie Garden for the first time, is an association of specialist independent nurseries that work together to showcase a huge range of plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees for garden enthusiasts.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.


Southover Open Gardens

 

Southover, Lewes

Sunday June 10, 2.30pm-5pm (some gardens open to 6pm)

Tickets £5/u16s free

Visit some of Lewes’s most secret hidden gardens in Southover. There will be a wide range of gardens to see, including five new entries, from large traditional English to small more modern interpretations. A highlight includes the garden hiding behind an Edwardian terrace in Grange Road, originally laid out 100 years ago by the Martin sisters as a landscaped garden in the style of Gertrude Jekyll. It has been restored over the past 25 years. Proceeds go to Southover Bonfire Society. Entry is by programme, available from the Tourist Information Office, Union Music Store, St Pancras stores, The Swan and the King’s Head in the village. Programmes will be on sale at the door of 6 Grange Road, where cream teas will also be served. Pictures: Andrew Lloyd.

Phone 01273 478153, email admin@southoverbs.com or visit en-gb.facebook.com/events/.


Good Planting

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday June 11, 10am-4.30pm

£110

Under the guidance of Grat Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett, learn how to combine plants using colour, shape, texture, repetition and balance so participants can design borders and associating plants with ease. There will be slides and talks in the Great Hall and sessions in the garden.

Phone 01797 252878 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.


Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday June 11, 12.30pm-3.30pm

£45

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 greatdixter.co.uk.


Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers Course with Sarah Raven

Perch Hill Farm, Willingford Lane, Burwash, Robertsbridge

Tuesday June 12

Tickets £250

This course with gardening guru Sarah Raven will show how to grow the best cut flowers in a small cutting patch in the morning, followed by how to make a beautiful hand-tied bunch in the afternoon.

Phone 0345 092 0283 or visit sarahraven.com.


Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers Course with Sarah Raven

Perch Hill Farm, Willingford Lane, Burwash, Robertsbridge

Thursday June 14

Tickets £250

This course with gardening guru Sarah Raven will show how to grow the best cut flowers in a small cutting patch in the morning, followed by how to make a beautiful hand-tied bunch in the afternoon.

Phone 0345 092 0283 or visit sarahraven.com.


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