Sussex gardens opening
National Garden Scheme
These Sussex gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme are all listed the NGS yellow book which is widely available throughout Sussex. You may also find the information that you need by going to the National Gardens Scheme website; see the link at the bottom of this page.
Spring opening gardens
Pembury House - open garden in February
A beautiful late winter, early spring garden in Clayton, West Sussex, which has a wonderful collection of snowdrops and hellebores.
Opening for the National Garden Scheme:
Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th February, 11am to 4pm
EXTRA HELLEBORE DAY: Friday 11th March 11am-4pm
Refreshments. Lots of hellebores for sale
Stonehealed Garden, Streat, East Sussex
From Ditchling take the Lewes Road east through Westmeston, shortly after the Church on the sharp left bend turn left into Streat Lane. Stonehealed Farm is on the right immediately after the railway bridge.
1½ acres overlooking the Sussex South Downs downs. Contrasting areas offer many places to sit and enjoy: a sheltered courtyard terrace, hidden front garden, shady pond with serpentine bridge, secluded circle, gravelled kitchen garden, new lime walk and walnut grove, and the oak tree deck that overlooks it all. Structural planting, seasonal bulbs, flowering shrubs, perennials and grasses.
Open: Suns 22 May; 11 Sept (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment in May and Sept, 10+ people
Visitors also welcome by appointment in May & Sept for groups of 10+.
Home made teas.
Newtimber Place, Newtimber, West Sussex
7 miles north of Brighton. From A23 take A281 towards Henfield. Turn right at small crossroads sing-posted 'Newtimber in approx 0.5 mile'.
Beautiful C17 moated house (not open). Gardens and woods full of bulbs and wild flowers in spring. In summer, roses, herbaceous border and lawns. Moat flanked by water plants. Mature trees. Wild garden, ducks, chickens and fish and unfenced moat. Children must be supervised.
Open: Sun 10 Apr (2-5.30).
Bradstow Lodge, Ifold, West Sussex
A triangular garden, designed and created by the owners in 2001. It consists of a series of 'rooms', from a formal knot garden with associated topiary to raised beds, ponds, bog garden, light woodland shade and many containers for form and year-round interest.
Situated 1m S of Loxwood. From A272/A281 take B2133 (Loxwood). ½m S of Loxwood take the Plaistow rd, after 800yds turn R into The Drive (by village shop).
Opening dates and times: Sun 24 Apr (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment , groups of 15+ welcome, morning or afternoon.Contact: Ian & Elizabeth Gregory Telephone: 01403 753248
Butlers Farmhouse, Herstmonceux, East Sussex
A ¾-acre garden which surrounds a 16th century farmhouse (not open) with views to the South Downs. Pretty in spring with primroses and hellebores. The garden has been restored to its former glory, as shown in old photographs, but with some 'quirky twists'.
Situated 3m E of Hailsham. Take A271 from Hailsham, go through the village of Herstmonceux, turn right signed Church Rd then approx 1m turn right.
Opening dates and times: Sats, Suns 2, 3 Apr; 13, 14 Aug (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment.
King John's Nursery and Garden
The Manor of Dean Pitshill, Tillington, West Sussex
A 3 acre traditional English garden situated close to Petworth, (Jacobean house, not open) with herbaceous borders, early-flowering bulbs, grass walks, a walled kitchen garden with vegetables and fruit, lawns, rose garden and informal areas.
Opening dates and times: Suns 6 Feb (1.30-4.30); 20 Mar; Sat 16, Sun 17 Apr; Suns 15 May; 19 June; 14 Aug; 11 Sept (2-5). Visitors also welcome by appointment for groups of 10+
Other Sussex Gardens opening for the National Garden Scheme
Further Sussex gardens opening for the NGS
Top of Sussex Gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme