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 Dexter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett.

Phone 01797 254048 or visit greatdixter.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.


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.


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.


Salvia and Mint Day

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday June 25, 10.30am-4.30pm

£110

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 greatdixter.co.uk.


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 pashleymanorgardens.com.


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 parhaminsussex.co.uk.


Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday July 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.


Melvin Smith Rural Gardening Tools Display

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15, 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 Wimbles and Swaps, which looks at the techniques in using some of the wide range of Victorian tools for gardeners, ranging from the useful to the absurd.

Phone 01797 254048 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.


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