Glorious Gardens 2020
by Geoff Stonebanks
Geoff Stonebanks discovers some brand new, gorgeous gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme this coming season across Sussex; plus four ‘by arrangement’ early openers, in February, March and April. Use the contact details to arrange a mutually convenient time and date for the early openers
- Pembury House, Ditchling Road, Clayton, Hassocks BN6 9PH
- 01273 842805
Visits by arrangement in February and March, check dates on garden website. Pre-booking by phone or email is essential to arrange visits. Entry £10, children free. Homemade teas are included. The gardens include winding paths throughout three acres of owner- maintained garden within the South Downs National Park. See hellebores and snowdrops at their best.
- 47 Denmans Lane Lindfield, Haywards Heath RH16 2JN
- 01444 459363
Groups of five or more can visit this beautiful and tranquil one acre garden by arrangement, from March to July. Planted for interest with spring bulbs followed by azaleas, rhododendrons, roses and herbaceous perennials. £8 per person, including refreshments.
- The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT
- 07729 037182
A friendly garden that’s always changing, with a touch of magic to delight visitors. Garden produce and plants are available for sale. Groups of 10 to 30 can be booked March to July. Additional opening as follows: 28th February from 12:30 to 15:30, 25-26th April from 11:30 to 16:00. Entry is £5 per person.
- 5 Whitemans Close, Cuckfield, Haywards Heath RH17 5DE
- 01444 473520
Open for pre-booked groups (maximum 20) or individuals from 15–17th February. A relatively small plantsman’s cottage garden packed full of exciting and unusual plants, plus a large snowdrop collection.
New Summer Openers
- Forest Ridge, Paddockhurst Lane, Balcombe, Haywards Heath RH17 6QZ
- Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th May, 14:00-17:30, entry £5
This charming 41⁄2 acre Victorian garden with far-reaching views, boasts the oldest Atlantic Cedar in Sussex. Azaleas, rhododendrons and camelia abound with many rare and unusual species along with a woodland dell and mini arboretum.
- Kitchenham Farm, Kitchenham Road, Ashburnham, Battle TN33 9NP
- Thursday 4th & Tuesday 9th June, 14:00-17:00, entry £5
A one acre country-house garden, set amongst traditional farm buildings, with stunning views across the elds. Mixed herbaceous borders surround the house and lawns, with roses and delphiniums. View the sheep across the ha-ha.
- Bramley, Lane End Common, North Chailey, Lewes BN8 4JH
- Thursday 11th & Friday 12th June, 13:00-17:30, entry £5
Bramley has been planted for strong seasonal effect and structure with interesting planting and design. See the orchard avenue with wild flowers, long grassed areas and beehives along with the vegetable garden and numerous formal and informal ornamental flowerbeds.
- The Old House, Waldron, Heathfield TN21 0QX
- Warren Cottage, Warren Lane, Cross In Hand, Heathfield TN21 0TB
- Friday 19th June, 13:00-17:00, combined entry £5
The Old House’s owner planned to conceal the ordinariness of the garden’s shape through a strong landscape plan of her own design with good structural planting. Follow numerous pathways with plenty of seating, a strong perfume and a formal water feature.
Warren Cottage is a 1⁄2 acre mature, secluded garden being redeveloped using many reclaimed materials. It includes a 60ft herbaceous border and mown paths, a wildlife pond and borders, a vegetable patch, greenhouses and potting shed, a pub shed with magical fairy/woodland garden.
- Alpines, High Street, Maresfield, Uckfield TN22 2EG
- Sunday 5th July 11:30-17:00, entry £6
Alpines is a young, 1 acre garden with large and rampant mixed borders, each loosely following a limited colour palette of unusual combinations. Numerous new trees including an orchard with beehives and meadow grasses. View the wildlife pond with bog garden, developing stumpery and fernery.
- The Barn Burgham Farm, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham TN19 7AZ
- Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th July, Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th August, 11:00-17:00, entry £5
Set in approx 1 acre, this former hop garden has evolved using a variety of influences from famous gardens and the interests of the owners. The planting is of semi-mature trees and shrubs, underplanted with a variety of herbaceous perennials and large borders of mixed herbaceous plants. The variety of roses and dahlias are of particular interest.