Gardens Events

Salvia and Mint Day

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday June 25, 10.30am-4.30pm


In this study day, plantswoman Marina Christopher demonstrates the different species of salvia and mint and their botanical characteristics, their uses and their importance to the ecology of a garden.

Phone 01797 252878 or visit

Houseplants and Macrame Hangers

The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton

Thursday June 28, 10.30am-4.30pm


Spend a morning learning about houseplants, then an afternoon creating a macramé plant hanger in this workshop led by designer and stylist Paula, of Brighton-based Cocoon & me, a small independent enterprise working with planet-friendly materials such as jute, rope and other recycled textile yarns.

Phone 0778 668595 or 07729 037182 or visit

Rural Life Weekend: Historic Gardens

Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton, Chichester

Saturday-Sunday June 30-July 1, 11am-5pm

Admission charges apply

In the museum’s period gardens, discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era. There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view a short film about the museum’s gardens. Find out how the museum uses the plants grown in its gardens for medicinal and culinary purposes, as well as natural dyeing and other uses. Learn how important gardens were to the ordinary working rural people of the past and how they would have been managed.

Phone 01243 811363 or visit

Shipley Open Gardens

Shipley, near Horsham

Sunday July 1, 11am-5pm

Tickets £5/children free

Around eight gardens in the village of Shipley, with its 12th century Knights Templar church and windmill, will be open. They range from small colourful cottage gardens with prolific vegetable patches to larger gardens with herbaceous borders and wildflower meadows. There will be plant sales and teas at The Old Vicarage. All proceeds go to Shipley Church Maintenance and Fabric Fund. Tickets will be available on the day from The Old Vicarage, School Lane.

Email or visit

Kitchen Garden Week

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

Tuesday-Sunday July 3-8, 10am-5pm

Entrance £10.50/u16s £5/u6 free

The garden of the 16th century house Pashley Manor has a Kitchen Garden, which was designed and planted in 1990, that is a re-creation of how the long-lost Victorian potager might have been. This week is dedicated to the Kitchen Garden, hidden within its soft red brick walls and which is full of fresh produce and flowers that supply the café and feed the house. Espaliered pear trees and vine arches welcome you to the Kitchen Garden, where scented and colourful sweet peas grown on tall bamboo pyramids flourish at each corner.  Many different types of lettuce and salad jostle for space with parsley, chives, coriander and other herbs, while artichokes and early courgettes, peas, beans and beetroot cohabit with soft fruits, which make visitors gasp with envy. There will be the chance to talk to the gardeners and ask questions and advice, as well as a focus on how the produce from the garden is used in the café menus. Local honey and homemade chutney will be on sale in the gift shop. Picture: Kate Wilson.

Phone 01580 200888 or visit

Planting a Sussex Summer Border with Juliet Sargeant

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

Thursday July 5, 10.30am-2pm

£65/RHS members £52

In this workshop run by Chelsea Gold Medal-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant, a judge of Channel 4’s Village of the Year, participants will be introduced to the best summer performers for Sussex and shown how to create colourful compositions in their gardens.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit or

Crafting with Succulents with Fiona Wemyss

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

Friday July 6, 10am-2pm

£55/RHS members £44

In this workshop, Fiona Wemyss, of Blueleaf Plants, teaches how to wire succulents and turn them into bouquets, hairpieces, boutonnieres and cake decorations. Each participant will make at least 10 wired succulents in different sizes to take home. Succulents in a range of sizes and colours, floral supplies, accessories and tools are all provided.

Phone 01233 731240, email or visit

Forest Gardening Course

Brighton Permaculture Trust, The Fruit Factory, Stanmer Village, Stanmer, Brighton

Saturday and Sunday July 7 and 8, 10am-5pm

Patrick Whitfield describes a forest garden as ”a food-producing garden, based on the model of a natural woodland or forest. It is usually made up of fruit and nut trees, fruit bushes, perennial vegetables and herbs. It can be tailored to fit any space from a tiny back yard to a large rural garden”. On this course, learn how to grow fruit, nuts, salads and perennial vegetables as a low maintenance, highly productive garden ecosystem. Participants will see first hand how forest gardens work in a number of different settings. The course includes four site visits to various locations around Sussex including: a forest garden at Seaford run by one of the course tutors, Bryn Thomas, a forest garden at Hertford Junior School in Brighton which is being developed by another course tutor Stephen Gehrels, and Stanmer Park in Brighton.

Phone 07746 185927 or visit

Parham Garden Weekend

Parham House & Gardens, Pulborough

Saturday and Sunday July 7 and 8, 10.30am-5pm

Parham, which has gardens including Pleasure Grounds, a four-acre Walled Garden, herbaceous borders, a glasshouse, vegetable garden, an orchard and a 1920s wendy house, is celebrating the 25th year of its Garden Weekend, an event for plant and garden enthusiasts. Specialist nurseries from the South East will be there, and there will be garden tours, talks and demonstrations featuring guest speakers.

Phone 01903 742021 or visit

Parham Garden Weekend

Parham House and Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough

Saturday-Sunday July 7-8, 10.30am-5pm

Normal admission charges apply

The Garden Weekend at Parham is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and is bringing together specialist nurseries from across the south east to showcase a wide variety of high quality flowers and plants. Parham’s flagship event also includes garden tours, talks and demonstrations from leading experts including Marina Christopher, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Tom Stuart Smith and Parham head gardener Tom Brown. Freshly prepared and locally sourced food reflecting the Garden’s produce will be available as well as refreshments from handpicked catering outlets.

Phone 01903 742021 or visit

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