• Clinton Lodge, Fletching
  • Coates Manor, Fittleworth
  • Isfield Place
  • The Oast House, Isfield
  • Pashley Manor
  • "Hot Bed of Unrest" at Turners House (left) and Old Vicarage (centre and right), both Nr Heathfield
  • Wakehurst Place
  • Clinton Lodge, Fletching



Garden Visits, Study Days and lectures

Each year SGT organises a programme of garden visits, study days and lectures to help our members and their guests learn about garden heritage and enjoy the opportunity to meet likeminded people. These events can be booked individually. Details of 2019 events are being finalised and preliminary details can be found below

Spring Lectures and AGM: Saturday 30th March 2019.  Clair Hall (Studio Room) Haywards Heath 2pm - 4.45pm

Members £15pp Guests £17pp (includes tea and cake)

We are delighted to announce the draft programme for an afternoon event including two lectures and tea followed by our AGM. The event will be held in the Studio Room at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, which is larger and more comfortable than the room used last year.

To book a place for this event, please download and complete the booking form and send to the address indicated together with a cheque payable to Sussex Gardens Trust

Booking Form Spring Lectures and AGM


Purchasing Paradise: origins of the money that financed the great gardens - Lecture by Roderick Floud

Professor Sir Roderick Floud is a leading economic and social historian who has held positions at many leading universities. In the past few years he has taken up an entirely new field, the economic and social history of British gardening. In 2016 he published a paper on  "Capable Entrepreneur? Lancelot Brown and his finances" and in Oct 2018 gave this fascinating lecture at the Institute of Historical Research which he has kindly agreed to repeat for us.

Tea and cake

Repton as Musician and Writer – Lecture by Judy Tarling

A Country Convert James Gillay 1799

Judy Tarling is member of SGT and a musician well known in the early music world as leader of The Parley of Instruments (with over 80 recordings for Hyperion Records) and author of two books on historical performance practice. Her interest in rhetoric used in performance has led her to investigate what this might mean in historical garden making. In November 2018 she delivered a lecture at the Garden Museum symposium on Repton which included a live performance of two songs (or glees) written by Repton and inspired by his visits to Heathfield Park. She has kindly agreed to deliver the lecture to us. This will include a performance, which we hope will be with live singers but if this isn’t feasible, a recording will be played.

4pm AGM - formal notice will be sent to all members by post

 Re-opening of Leonardslee Gardens

The Grade I listed Gardens were sold in 2010 and have been closed to the public since then. Due to lack of maintenance, the gardens deteriorated markedly over the next seven years. However new owners acquired the property in 2017 and have invested a great deal of money and energy to update the facilities and bring the garden back to its former glory. The re-opening is scheduled for March 2019 and once again the public will be able to see the wonderful spring display of rhododendrons and azaleas and also the beautiful rock garden.


To take advantage of this opportunity we have arranged private tours for SGT members to include an introductory talk and guided walk with the head gardener. Each group will be limited to a maximum of 25 people and we expect these to be very popular with SGT members – hence we have booked two tours
Tuesday 14th May at 2pm
Wednesday 22nd May at 2pm
The cost of these tours is £18pp for the afternoon talk and guided tour but without any refreshments (a very superior afternoon tea will be available at extra cost of about £35pp in the drawing room of the Leonardslee mansion – booking directly with Leonardslee is recommended. We understand a more economical tea room will also be open but that hasn't been confirmed as yet).

Stop Press - all places for both tours now booked!