Gardens Events

Snowdrop Festival

Pembury House, Ditching Road (New Road) Clayton, Hassocks

February and March

Admission £9/children free. Visitors welcome by arrangement

Around 100 gardens in the National Garden Scheme are opening as part of its Snowdrop Festival and Pembury House is one of them. Its two-acre country garden, with winding paths, has snowdrops and hellebores and visitors can enjoy views of the South Downs National Park.

Phone 01273 842805 or visit pemburyhouse.co.uk.


Snowdrop Festival

The Old Vicarage, The Street, Washington

Sunday February 25, 10.30am-3pm

Admission £5/children free

Around 100 gardens in the National Garden Scheme are opening as part of its Snowdrop Festival and The Old Vicarage is one of them. The three-and-a-half acre gardens are set around an 1832 Regency house and has a formal front garden with a rear garden featuring mature trees from the 19th century as well as newer trees and a water garden as well as a Japanese garden. There’s a new meadow area that has 10,000 mixed bulbs. Picture: NGS.

Phone 07766 761926 or visit ngs.org.uk.


Bee-Friendly Garden Plants

Friends Meeting House, Priory Road, Chichester

Tuesday February 27, 7.30pm-9.30pm

SWT members £3/SWT non-members £4

Monica Lucas gives an illustrated talk on bee-friendly garden plants.

Visit sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk.


Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday March 12, 10am-4.30pm

£110

Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett leads a study day in which the Long Border at Great Dixter is used as an example of how to plan and put into practice a long season border using structural plants, underplanting and interplanting of bulbs, use of self-sowers, pockets of bedding, masking with climbers and good maintenance. There will also be slides and talks in the Great Hall and discussions about the border.

Phone 01797 252878 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.


Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday March 12, 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.


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 greatdixter.co.uk.


Good Planting

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Wednesday March 21, 10am-4.30pm

£110

Under the guidance of Great 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.


Tulip Festival

Arundel Castle, Arundel

April

More than 60,000 tulips will be blooming in Arundel Castle’s gardens with a wide range of varieties of tulips in flower, creating an explosion of colour in its walled gardens. Among the 120 named tulips on display are Olympic Flame, Lilac Time, Swan Wings, Fancy Frills, Apeldoorn’s Elite, Black Parrot and Negrita, plus the peony flowered Angelique. Planted in an array of unique horticultural designs, there are innovative displays around the Collector Earl’s Garden, where 4,000 Pink Impression and Purple Prince tulips will be on show. Nearby, in the Wild Flower Garden, by the Stumpery, there will soon be a display of over 8,000 mixed tulips. Pictures: Julia Claxton.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit arundelcastle.org.


Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Saturday and Sunday April 7 and 8, 11am-4pm

Entrance included with garden entry ticket/Friends, Annual Tickets holders and u16s free

This small and special plant fair is for plantsmen and women, and all plant lovers.

Phone 01797 254048 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.


Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday April 9, 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.


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