Once again, this month, Geoff Stonebanks, Publicity Officer for the National Garden Scheme in East & Mid Sussex has picked out some of the many Sussex NGS Gardens opening for the scheme in June, by far the busiest opening month in the year so he has plenty to choose from.
Geoff says “Visitors are going to be spoilt for choice this month as there are almost 100 different garden open days in June. I’ve chosen a few here but make sure you check all the gardens on our website to make sure you don’t miss one that appeals to you. Most gardens allow children in free and serve delicious homemade teas. All the monies we raise goes to nursing and caring charities, notably Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and Parkinson’s UK.”
Here is the selection for June.
Findon Place, Findon, Worthing, BN14 0RF
Thursday 9th June, Evening opening 4 pm to 8 pm with entry £7 by pre-booking ONLY via our website.
The stunning grounds and gardens surround a Grade II listed Georgian country house nestled at the foot of the South Downs. It is the most glorious setting for a tapestry of flower borders beautifully set off by Sussex flint walls. Some of the garden’s many charms include cloud pruned trees, espaliered fruit trees, and a cutting garden.
North Springs, Bedham near Fittleworth, RH20 1JP
Open on Sunday 19th June from 1 pm to 5 pm with entry £5.
This is a pretty hillside garden with some beautiful views, it is surrounded by mixed woodland. Throughout the garden, there is a focus on structure, with a wide range of mature trees and shrubs. A stream, pond and bog area plus an abundance of roses, clematis, hostas, rhododendrons and azaleas to see too.
Hollist House, Hollist Lane, Easebourne, Midhurst, GU29 9RS
Opens on 25th June from 2 pm to 5.30 pm with entry £5.
Hollist House is a traditional English garden with a natural spring pond and the River Rother running through acres of lawns, woods, herbaceous borders and kitchen garden. Lots to see and explore while taking in the amazing landscape.
Orchard Cottages Boars Head Road, Boarshead, Crowborough, TN6 3GR
Opens on 17th and 18th June from 11 am to 4 pm with entry £5 and children £3.
For a mature Sussex NGS Gardens, visit this 1½ acre plantaholic’s garden filled with a large variety of trees and shrubs, perennials and bulbs, many of which are unusual. The owners garden organically and have many colour themed beds, planted very informally. There is small woodland, and meadow, along with a deep pond area there to encourage wildlife. There is a productive kitchen garden complete with raised beds. The owner is a member of the Hardy Plant Society.
Harlands Gardens, Penland Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1PH
Open on 12th June from 10 am to 5 pm entry £5.
Visit an eclectic mix of town gardens that will inspire and delight all visitors. There are awkward shaped plots along with differing gradients, but all have been created with relaxation and socialisation in mind. See cottage-style planting schemes, varied ponds, pretty courtyards, practical kitchen gardens and habitats for wildlife.
Deaks Lane Gardens, Ansty, Haywards Heath, RH17 5AS
Open on 12th June from midday to 4 pm with entry £6.
Ansty’s garden trail starts at the new Village Centre with all four of the gardens close together on Deaks Lane, each bringing different designs and feel but all united in attracting bees and wildlife. Butterfly House offers circular patios bringing together roses, perennials and an abundance of salvias attracting its namesake. Nutbourne’s seating areas provide the opportunity to enjoy the topiary, Japanese cloud-pruned trees and roses. 3 Lavender Cottage is a bee haven with an attractive colourful cottage garden to the front and pretty courtyard to the rear and thickets with its repeated beds and abundance of roses and hydrangea also supplies plenty of bee and butterfly stops.
Driftwood, 4 Marine Drive, Seaford Bn25 2RS
Open by arrangement every day of the month, including the Queens’ Platinum Jubilee Weekend. Entry £6. Call 01323 899396 to arrange.
Multi-award-winning garden, Driftwood is open by appointment throughout June and July with a special emphasis on the 4-day Jubilee weekend when visitors can enjoy royal-themed cakes all served on vintage china on trays in the garden, and maybe a chance encounter with her Majesty! The garden has seen a major revamp since last summer with the creation of a new sunken garden bounded by an old railway sleeper and dressed with drought-tolerant plants and ferns. Bookings are taken from individuals through to groups of 20.
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