• 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

1. SGT Events Programme

Details of the 2017 spring and early summer programme can be found  here.

2. News from Other Organisations

The Gardens Trust

  • The Gardens Trust Annual Conference 2017

Thursday 31 August – Sunday 3 September 2017 University of Plymouth

‘Blest Elysium’ – Sustainable?

The Gardens Trust Conference 2017, based at the University of Plymouth, will combine lectures and visits in and around the city. The three day fully-inclusive package will explore eighteenth century landscapes developed on earlier gardens, a Victorian public park, memorial and twentieth century civic spaces. It will discuss themes and challenges faced by professionals, custodians and managers working in such historic landscapes. How can conservation be balanced with ensuring they are sustainable and relevant in the twenty-first century?  For full details see GT 2017 conference

  • Details of all events organised by the GT can be found here GT Events.

  • For the latest GT Newsletter see GT news Spring 2017

  • The GT website includes a very useful database of guidance  - see Resource Hub

3. Events Elsewhere

On Monday 29th May at Fishbourne Roman Palace

Special event with talks, tours, demonstrations and workshops covering everything from medicine to ancient garden design, Roman cuisine to natural dyes.

Part of the Palace site is a Roman garden – the oldest known formal garden in the country. Reconstructed from archaeological evidence, the hedges, trees and flower beds are planted directly into the bedding pits and trenches left by the Romans, enabling visitors to step back in time to the grounds as they were two thousand years ago.

The Palace would like to invite visitors to come and explore the garden in greater depth. On Monday 29th May, a cornucopia of horticulturalists, gardeners, garden historians and creatives will be on hand to lead you through the history of gardens.

See Gardens in Time

Floral Fringe

The overall theme of the fair is our native wildlife and how to encourage it into the garden but the fair has grown and developed into much more than that. It is about everything that is quintessentially English and quirky, about celebrating the outdoors,gardens and gardening. About talented craftspeople and artists of today as well as the craftspeople of a bygone era, represented by vintage stalls, classic cars. You can expect over 130 stalls including specialist nurseries, experts on wildlife, honeybees, insects, birds and bats. For more info about this event see floralfringefair

Lindfield Open Gardens

SGT Chairman, Jim Stockwell, is opening his garden on Sunday 11th June as part of the Lindfield Garden Trail. For more information see lindfield-gardens

London Open Squares Weekend - 17th and 18th June

London Squares

Feed your curiosity and explore over 230 private, secret and little-known gardens across 27 London's boroughs over one very special weekend. Gardens range from the historic and traditional to the new and experimental, and include private gardens, roof gardens, community allotments, gardens belonging to historic buildings, institutions, cafés, schools and shops. One ticket gives access to numerous gardens
across the weekend.  For further information and to book tickets visit www.opensquares.org.


Borde Hill lecture 29th June

For full details see flyer Borde Hill Talk 29th June

Institute Of Historical Research, London, WC1E 7HU

Courses on public parks:



RHS Lindley Library:

Various Events

Some free of charge. See RHS Lindley Library Events

Worth Park Crawley. Tuesday September 12th at 2pm in the Montefiore Room, Ridley's Court Worth Park.

Lecture organised by Worth Park Friends (Crawley) by Claude Hitching on 'Rock Landscapes - The Pulham Legacy' for more information see www.worthparkfriends.org


Wealden Buildings Study Group

We've been contacted by the Wealden Buildings Study Group and thought some SGT members might be interested in the work of this organisation. Members of this Group helped to found the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum over 44 years ago, and they now are working to interpretively record all the remaining timber framed buildings in Sussex and adjacent areas, in concert with the other County Groups. Three of the earliest surviving timber framed buildings in Sussex (13/14th C) have only been confirmed in the last five years, hidden in later structures! If you are interested in this work or even live in a timber framed building, further information can be found at this web site WBSG    

4. Historical Gardens in Sussex

Several new members asked about historic gardens in Sussex - information on many can be found on the Historic Gardens section of this website - navigate down the buttons on the right of this page Historic Gardens of Sussex


5. Courses on garden history

We are often asked about courses on Garden History - advice can be found on the website of The Gardens Trust see Courses 



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