• 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


Winter Lecture Series 2018


Literary Landscapes: Writers and their Gardens


The winter lectures in 2018 will explore the relationship between writers and their gardens. The lectures will consider the importance of the garden in the author’s life, aspects of the design and how the garden influenced their writing. We have chosen speakers who are experts in their field and have included some local gardens. The series will appeal to members at all levels of interest, and will cover subjects from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The lectures will take place at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath (which has good facilities, ample free car parking for attendees and is close to the railway station).

All lectures will take place at The Function Suite, Clair Hall, Haywards Heath.

Tea, coffee and cake provided - 30 minute interval.

Cost £50 for all 4 lectures or £15 for individual lectures

To book for these lectures download and complete the booking form (word)

booking form (pdf)


  • Sat 3rd Feb 2018, 2-4pm. "Rudyard Kipling at Batemans"

    Len Bernamont, Head Gardener at Batemans

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  • Sat 17 February 2018, 2-4pm. "John Ruskin at Brantwood"

    Caroline Ikin, garden historian and author

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  • Sat 3rd March 2018, 2-4pm. "Virginia Woolf at Monk’s House"

    Dr Nuala Hancock, garden historian and author

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  • Sat 24th  March 2018, 2-4pm "William Shenstone at The Leasowes"

    Michael Symes, garden historian, author and lecturer

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Following this lecture, our AGM will be held at 4pm