Gardens Events

Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday August 13, 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.


Nursery Propagation Day

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday August 20, 10am-4.30pm

£130

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 greatdixter.co.uk.


Unusual Plant & Garden Fair

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

Sunday September 2, 11am-5pm

At this fair, there will be unusual plants to buy from specialist nurseries, artworks and gardenia from local and national craftspeople and artists, horticultural sundries, and homemaking and refreshments.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.


Exotic Gardening

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday September 3, 10am-4.30pm

£110

Great Dixter’s head gardener Fergus Garrett leads a study day that gives an insight into the tropical garden, from design, plant choice, the act of planting, maintenance and their winter care. The day includes slides and talks in the Great Hall and practical sessions in the Exotic Garden.

Phone 01797 254048 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.


Dahlia Days

Pashley Manor, Ticehurst, near Wadhurst

Wednesday-Saturday September 5-15, 10am-5pm

Entrance £10.50/u16s £5/u6 free

In September, the garden of the 16th house Pashley Manor is ablaze with colour from its thousands of dahlias during the Dahlia Days event. More than 60 varieties of the diverse perennial are planted throughout the garden: pinks in the Rose Garden, yellows in the Golden Beds, whites in the Elizabethan Garden, purples in the Pool Garden and more. The pièce de resistance is the hot reds and oranges, interspersed with darker burgundies and complemented by the second flowering of roses, canna lilies, late flowering perennials and other annuals, in the herbaceous borders. During Dahlia Days, Bloms Bulbs will be at Pashley with a display of cut dahlias, giving advice and taking orders, and Pashley’s gardeners will be giving talks on dahlias. Picture: Kate Wilson.

Phone 01580 200888 or visit pashleymanorgardens.com.


National Garden Scheme – Open Day

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

Sunday September 9, 11am-5pm

The Sussex Prairie Garden, an eight-acre garden consisting of a series of interlocking arcs of large planted borders in a naturalistic style, is open for charity.

Phone 01273 495902 or visit sussexprairies.co.uk.


Behind the Scenes at Great Dixter

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday September 10, 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.


Daisy Day

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday September 17, 10.30am-4.30pm

£110

Plantswoman Marina Christopher leads a study day at Great Dixter in which she demonstrates the different species and their botanical characteristics, their uses and their importance to the ecology of the garden.

Phone 01797 252878 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.


Succession Planting in the Mixed Border

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday September 24, 10am-4.30pm

£110

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 greatdixter.co.uk.


Great Dixter’s Kitchen Garden

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye

Monday October 1, 10am-4pm

£110

Aaron Bertelsen, Great Dixter’s kitchen gardener and cook, leads a study day where participants gain an insight into its vegetable garden, discovering the work that goes into growing, harvesting, preparing and cooking produce. The day includes refreshments and for lunch a recipe by Aaron from his book The Great Dixter Cook Book.

Phone 01797 252878 or visit greatdixter.co.uk.


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