Gardens starting to bloom
After the year we are all experiencing some of the gardens in and around the area have started bloom again. Ok, not fully back as they were but with some planning still accessible. If you are interested in horticulture or just spending time in some wonderful environments then here a few nearby. Recommend that you look up their websites directly to ensure latest info and to book if required:
Great Dixter - Northiam
Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fueled over 40 years of books and articles. Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.
Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens
Sissinghurst Castle Garden, at Sissinghurst in the Weald of Kent in England, was created by Vita Sackville-West, poet and writer, and her husband Harold Nicolson, author and diplomat. It is among the most famous gardens in England and is designated Grade I on Historic England's register of historic parks and gardens.
Manor gardens De La Warr Road
A beautiful, peaceful garden situated in Bexhill’s Old Town. The Gardens take their name from the ruins of a Manor House built there for the Bishop of Chichester in the 1100’s. Visitors can enjoy the rhododendrons in spring and the rose garden in the summer. Parking and toilets available.
Pashley Manor Gardens - Ticehurst
At Pashley you will discover 11 acres of beautiful borders and vistas – the culmination of a lifetime of passion for gardening, an appetite for beauty and an admiration of the tradition of the English Country garden. These award winning gardens, on the border of Sussex and Kent, are family owned and maintained – visitors often express delight at the attention to detail displayed throughout and the intimate, peaceful atmosphere.
All the ingredients of the English Country Garden are present – sweeping herbaceous borders, ha-ha, well maintained lawns, box hedges, espaliered rose walk, historic walled garden, inspiring kitchen garden, venerable trees and the Grade I listed house as a backdrop. The gardens are a haven for wildlife – bees, butterflies and small birds as well as moor hens, ducks and a black swan. Then, of course, the plants! Borders overflowing with perennials and annuals – the look changing through the seasons, but always abundantly filled, and each garden ‘room’ planted in a different colour theme.
Perch Hill - Robertsbridge
Perch Hill is Sarah's private home and garden, but for those booking a visit the garden welcomes visitors on Garden Open Days or for private group visits. You can also visit the garden on one of Sarah's courses where you will be taught about floristry, growing cut flowers, cooking seasonal produce or Sarah's favourite plants, and may have the opportunity to look around the gardens at your own pace. See Sarah Raven's website for course / event information.
Alexander Park - Hastings
Hastings is full of hidden gems if you take the time to investigate and Alexandra Park opened in 1882 one of them with something for everyone. The park lies within a valley and progressively goes up hill towards the north of the town. It is Hastings largest formal park 44 hectares (109 acres) stretching for 2.5 miles through the heart of the town. It consists of the lower formal gardens and the more wild northern wooded areas. There is even a miniature railway. Alexandra Park received its first Green Flag Award in 2005 and continued to retain this status. The Park is famed for its arboretum (tree collection) as it has one of the best collections of trees in Britian. Within the park, there are some large bodies of water used in the Victorian times to supply fresh water to the growing population of Hastings and St Leonards. The park is free and a nice environment for a stroll. Interestingly if you know where to look Hastings & St Leonards has some nice parks tucked away long the front.