How to Make a Living Frame with Fiona Wemyss
Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, near Henfield
Thursday June 14, 10am-2pm
£50/RHS members £40
Succulents are easy plants to work with and can be used in many ways to create fun and stylish features for a home or garden. This workshop introduces you to using sempervivums to create living ‘pictures’ or frames that you can hang on a wall or sit on a window sill. Fiona Wemyss of Blueleaf Plants specialises in growing succulents and in creating unique arrangements with these popular plants. This workshop will teach you to prepare a simple frame and how to plant it and explain the best ways to care for your ‘living’ frame after you take it home.
Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.
Propagation – Softwood Cuttings
The Beeches, Church Road, Barcombe
Thursday June 14, 10am-1pm
Many deciduous shrubs are propagated by softwood cuttings in early summer as well as a range of hardy and tender perennials. Softwood cuttings have the highest chance of taking successfully of any stem cutting, as this half-day course teaches.
Westbourne Open Gardens
Westbourne, near Emsworth
Sunday June 17, 10.30am-5pm
Tickets £8/u14s free
Garden owners in Westbourne have been working towards this highlight of summer to present the triumph of their efforts, with gardens greatly varied in size, features and planting. For children, the Westbourne fairies and elves have been working overtime to create enchanting houses to be sought out amid foliage in the gardens. There are many to be found, exotically crafted and ingeniously hidden. Members of Westbourne’s WI will be offering refreshments in the parish hall and on the rectory lawn, and there will be teas at tea-time and throughout the day. There will be a raffle with tickets available on the day. Tickets will be available on the day from the village square and the parish hall. Proceeds go to local charities.
Rose Celebration Weeks
Borde Hill Garden, Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath
Monday-Friday June 18-29
Normal admission charges apply
These celebrations of the beauty of the Jay Robin’s Rose Garden, which has 750 David Austin roses, filling the air with their fragrance, include short tours of the rose garden and borders at 12noon on June 20 and 27. David Austin roses will be on sale, along with specialist rose-themed gifts.
Phone 01444 450326 or visit bordehill.co.uk.
The Edible Garden
The Beeches, Church Road, Barcombe
Thursday June 21, 10am-4pm
Not everyone has the space to set aside a separate vegetable and fruit garden. This day course, run by Sussex-based professional gardener Laurie McMillan, covers how to grow edible plants among your ornamental plants.
Melvin Smith Rural Gardening Tools Display
Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye
Saturday and Sunday June 23 and 24, 11.45am-12.15pm and 2.30pm-3pm
Free, donations welcome
Melvin Smith displays his collection of old gardening tools in the Great Barn and gives a talk on Yesterday’s Gardener, exploring the hierarchy, skills and myths of the Victorian gardener.
Phone 01797 254048 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.
Horsted Keynes Open Gardens
Horsted Keynes, near Haywards Heath
Saturday June 23, 10am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
The beautiful village of Horsted Keynes has a range of properties of all ages with gardens to match: some are very structural, others are more chaotic, some favour edibles and some contain bee hives. The church graveyard, which has an array of roses, will also be open. There will be plant sales of annuals and perennials alongside a cake and tea stall. Programmes will be available on the day from a stall on the village green.
Peacehaven Open Gardens
Peacehaven, near Brighton
Saturday and Sunday June 23 and 24, 2pm-6pm
Tickets £4 for both days
Visit gardens in Peacehaven along with two community gardens and Peacehaven Allotments. A few of the eight gardens are new for this year. Refreshments will be available on both days along with arts and crafts to purchase at two of the gardens. All proceeds will be donated to St Wilfreds Hospice, Eastbourne. Tickets will be available from Peacehaven Horicultural Society, Peacehaven Town Council and all the gardens.
Ambrose Place Back Gardens
Ambrose Place Back Gardens, Richmond Road, Worthing
Sunday June 24, 10am-5pm (all gardens closed between 1-2pm)
Tickets £6/children free
The highly acclaimed back gardens of Ambrose Place have been described as a horticultural phenomenon, and this year 11 gardens will be open for visitors as part of the National Garden Scheme. Behind a classic Regency terrace, itself the architectural jewel of Worthing, the gardens have a rich panoply of styles, plantings and layouts, drawing inspiration from such exotic diversity as Morocco, Provence and the Alhambra, to the more traditional sources of the English cottage and Victorian gardens, all within the typically limited space of a terrace. A variety of imaginative water features add to the charm. The gardens, all maintained by their amateur garden owners, have opened to the public since 1984 to appeal to the average town gardener looking for ideas. Some owners offer home-grown plants for sale. Tea and cakes will be available at No5 and Ambrose Villa.
Rotherfield Village Open Gardens
Rotherfield, south of Tunbridge Wells
Sunday June 24, 11am-5.30pm
Tickets £5/children free
Around 15 gardens will be open in Rotherfield, a picturesque village in the High Weald with many Grade II listed buildings. The gardens include small courtyards, gardens with views, a flower arranger’s garden, quirky gardens and more. St Denys’ Church, a Grade I listed building with medieval wall paintings and a stained glass window made by William Morris, will also be open, and there’s a 1,500-year-old yew tree in the churchyard. Sandwiches, cakes, scones and teas will be available in the village hall. All proceeds go to St Denys’ Church new heating fund. Tickets can be bought at the village hall in North Street.