• 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 2018 programme can be found  here.

Combined logos

Celebrating Humphry Repton 2018

Humphry Repton was the last in a line of great eighteenth century landscape designers and he worked on hundreds of estates across England. 2018 will be the 200th anniversary of his death and there will be celebrations, exhibitions, lectures and study days across the country to celebrate his life and achievements.

Here in Sussex we are already working on a publication of research articles about Repton sites in our county. We are also collaborating with Kent Gardens Trust in organising and promoting several study days and lectures.

Organised by SGT on Saturday 16th June 2018 10am - 4pm. Humphry Repton Study Day at Brightling Park, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5HH

We are very pleased to have secured two renowned lecturers, John Phibbs and Laura Mayer, and the programme will also include a presentation on Brightling Park. A guided tour of the Park, morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch will be included.

Repton produced a “Red Book” for the park but how much was implemented remains unclear. What we do know is that Brightling Park is a fascinating time capsule little changed over the past 150 years.

Full details and a booking form will be announced in the new year. Places will be limited but you can reserve a place now by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organised by KGT:

Saturday 19th May at Riverhill Gardens Sevenoaks. Lecture by John Phibbs on The Unlikely genius of Humphry Repton

Monday 22nd October 2018 10am - 4pm. Humphry Repton Study Day at Cobham Hall, Nr Gravesend, Kent, DA12 3BL

The Cobham day will concentrate on the history of the garden at Cobham, what Repton achieved there and the restoration work that has taken place.


2. News from Other Organisations


Gardens Trust Lectures

The Gardens Trust winter lectures start on Wednesday 24 January and are now open for booking.  

The 2018 winter lectures start on 24 January with Pete Smith talking on The Gardens of Wollaton Hall, Nottingham (above, by Jan Siberechts, 1697), from Robert Smythson's original concept in 1580 to the present day. 

Stephen Daniels will lecture on Revealing Repton: Approaches to the Art of Landscape Gardening on 31 January. He will look at new approaches to understanding and communicating the art of landscape gardening, as we commemorate the significance of Repton's work in 2018: Celebrating Humphry Repton.

On 14 February Shirley Evans looks at the life and career of the most sought-after landscape designer of the mid nineteenth century: Renaissance Man - The life and work of William Andrews Nesfield (1794-1881).

Susan Campbell, Vice-President of the Gardens Trust, will talk on 28 February about Queen Victoria's Kitchen Garden at Windsor, the premier kitchen garden in Britain when it was created in 1841-44.

Finally, on 14 March Maria Luczak, who has worked extensively on Rivington and other Leverhulme landscapes, will tell the remarkable story of Rivington Terraced Gardens: the collaboration of Lever & Mawson - 'None comes into competition'.

See full details and book your ticket now on our website. All lectures start at 6.30pm and are held at The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. Tickets cost £10 for members and £12 for non-members, or save £5 when you buy a season ticket for the whole series (£45 and £55 respectively). Tickets will also be available on the door.

For further information please contact Sally Jeffery by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


This will be a taster of historic gardens old and new. It is designed for those garden lovers who have never visited Japan and would like their first experience of Japanese gardens, food and culture.

Centered on Kyoto and its surrounding areas but also including the gardens of Hiroshima and the nearby Miyajima this tour introduces the travellers to the delights of Japan through its gardens and temples.

Japan cherry Medium

The tour is run through Inside Japan a UK based company which has considerable experience running tours in Japan. We shall be a maximum of 15 guests with a Japanese tour guide. The price begins at £4231 for 15 days sharing a room and not including the air fare

Contact Kristina Taylor for further details:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Institute Of Historical Research, London, WC1E 7HU

Courses on public parks:



RHS Lindley Library:

Discover Historic Bookbindings – 26th January 2018

A study session on historic bookbindings with Dr David Pearson and a chance to see historic bindings from the RHS Lindley Library Collection.


Collecting in the Clouds
Exhibition describing the adventures of early 20th century plant collectors as they explored the mountains of western China


The Art of Reginald Farrer
Free behind the scenes tour with the opportunity to see original artworks by the plant collector Reginald Farrer

Yours and a Crowd           
Free evening talk revealing the secret life of plant collectors by examining the personal records and photographs of George Forrest

Full details of our exhibitions and events can be found at www.rhs.org.uk/libraryevents or at www.facebook.com/RHSLindleyLibrary

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    

3. 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


4. 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 



5. Let us know what you think

We suggest you take a little time to look around this website. If you have any comments on the content or design, or there is anything you'd like us to include on the next News update, send a message from this page Contact Us