Gardens Events

Terrarium Workshop

Waterstones, 71-74 North Street, Brighton

Thursday April 19, 6pm-8pm


A team from London Terrariums teach participants how a terrarium works, how the self-contained ecosystems survive so well on their own and how to look after them. The evening begins with an explanation of the history and science of terrariums, with guidance on the different plants that can be used. Then there’s a chance to build a terrarium. All contents, terrarium vessels and tools are supplied, along with a care guide and a bag to take home your terrarium.

Phone 01273 206017 or visit

Nursery Propagation Day

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday April 23, 10am-4.30pm


This study day, led by Great Dixter nursery manager Michael Morphy and assistant nursery manager Kathleen Leighton, takes participants through each stage of making your own compost, taking cuttings, sowing seeds, splitting perennials and looking after potted plants.

Phone 01797 252878 or visit

Tulip Festival

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

Tuesday-Tuesday April 24-May 8, 10am-5pm

Entrance £11

The garden at Pashley Manor is carpeted with more than 40,000 tulips in 112 varieties, planted in colour-themed ‘rooms’. From elegant displays of white lily flowered and cream classic tulips planted around an old terrace to the sweeping herbaceous borders covered in a  riot of reds and oranges between red brick walls and pleached pear trees. There will also be a display of cut flower tulips in the Bloms Bulbs marquee. The Bluebell Walk in woodland may also be in flower at the same time. Picture: Kate Wilson.

Phone 01580 200888 or visit

Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday April 30, 10am-4.30pm


During an intensive day, Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett uses the Long Border 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 be slides and talks in the Great Hall, and discussion sessions on the border.

Phone 01797 252878 or visit

Allium Extravaganza

Arundel Castle, Arundel

May and June

In May and June, eruptions of pom-pom headed alliums burst into bloom at Arundel Castle. Nicknamed the ‘fireworks of gardening’, more than 14 varieties of allium will be on show in the Walled gardens. Head gardener Martin Duncan explains, “This allium display brings a fresh new burst of colour and intrigue to the Collector Earl’s Gardens. We have deliberately selected tall ornamental alliums to create the illusion of them bursting like fireworks above neighbouring flowers. With names like ‘Mount Everest’, it’s easy to understand the visual impact that these flowers will deliver and why they are such a talking point in the gardens”.

Phone 01903 882173 or visit

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday May 14, 12.30pm-3.30pm


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

Sculpture in Particular

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

Saturdays May 26-June 2, 10am-5pm

Entrance £10.50/u16s £5/u6 free

The 16th century house Pashley Manor hosts an exhibition and sale of almost 200 pieces of sculpture at its award-winning gardens at the Sculpture in Particular event. The exhibition in the house, which is not usually open to the public, features interior pieces as well as pieces suitable for smaller gardens. The Garden Room café is also hosting an exhibition of floral and botanical art. Picture: Poop Poop by Graham Thrussell/picture: Kate Wilson.

Phone 01580 200888 or visit

Meadow Gardening

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

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

The Henfield Festival of Gardens & Arts

Various venues, Henfield

Saturday-Sunday June 9-10


Celebrating the community and future of the village of Henfield, the festival invites artists to display and sell their work, musicians to perform, community venues to become the location for art to be displayed and music to be performed, and residents to open their gardens to the public.


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