The Hidden Gardens of Brighton and Beyond!

Posted by editor on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Looking at lovely gardens is so enjoyable, and a special pleasure when they are private gardens that we wouldn’t otherwise see.

Our first in a series of special visits is to the garden of perennials expert Paul Seaborne of Pelham Plants in Laughton. Many of you will have met Paul selling his fabulous herbaceous perennials and other gems at the Garden House on one of our Open Days.

The Garden House invites you to an exciting and informative afternoon – Wednesday 18 July 14:00 -16:30

Paul will lead us on a walk and talk around his garden looking at the best way to grow perennials in your garden and advise you on the right plant for the right place in your plot.

We will then have tea and cake, followed by the opportunity to buy plants.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and this should prove to be a great opportunity to spend time looking at plants with an expert on hand to advise you.

Paul lives in Laughton just outside Lewes, and details of the address will be given at the time of booking

The cost for the walk and talk with tea and cake is £25 per person – please contact us if you would like to join us.

It will be possible to share lifts, so let us know if you either need a lift or can offer one.

Deborah and Bridge
The Garden House


Join our Garden House travels to Madeira 2019

Posted by editor on Saturday, 16 June 2018

We have now completed our arrangements for our Garden House visit to Madeira.  Confirmed dates are 24 February to 2 March 2019.

We are working with Exodus Travels, a reputable, established travel company that has an ethos that chimes with ours. They also have all the necessary travel licenses, which gives us travellers’ protection.  CLICK HERE for MORE INFO.

We will be flying out on a Sunday morning, 24 February, and return late afternoon on Saturday, 2 March, giving us six nights staying in a delightful 4-star hotel, and more or less seven days in Madeira.

We will be visiting the significant gardens, markets, and vineyards of the island.  We will also enjoy a local cookery workshop, and take in plenty of walks and cultural hot spots.

The cost for sharing, either in a double or twin-bedded room, is £1,700 each person, and for a single room, (double room with single occupancy), is £1,950 – to include room, breakfast, some lunches, two suppers etc.

Please tell us as soon as possible if you would like to join us, so we can finalise our reservations etc.  The flights will increase in price at a later date, so we want to secure them asap.  CLICK HERE for MORE INFO.

Do note that we always set up a payment plan where you can pay in instalments.

We look forward to hearing from you… please contact us for more information.

Visit Jackie’s Open Garden…

Posted by editor on Friday, 8 June 2018

Garden House friends Jackie and Chris Burgess are opening their beautiful cottage garden on Sunday 24 June 2018, 11am-5pm, for Lewes Saturday Circles, a small local charity supporting adults with disabilities. Plant stall, refreshments with fabulous homemade cakes served on vintage china. Tombola, bric-a-brac.

Also open Monday 25 June, 11am-5pm, for the National Garden Scheme.

The garden has densely planted borders, a vegetable plot, small woodland area, and a new greenhouse – we love it, and recommend a visit!

Jackie & Chris Burgess, 1 Rose Cottage, Chalvington Road, Golden Cross, E Sussex BN27 3SS.


The Garden House travels East and West in 2019…

Posted by editor on Sunday, 3 June 2018

Looking ahead to 2019 travels, we are very excited as two Garden House trips are rapidly coming together. Do let us know as soon as possible whether you are interested (no commitment, just for us to gauge interest).

17-23 February 2019 – Madeira: we’ll be staying in a lovely 4-star hotel, and visiting the significant gardens, markets and vineyards. We’ll also be joining a cookery workshop, going on walks and checking out the cultural hotspots of this fascinating island.

We are currently finalising the itinerary. The cost including flights, hotels, breakfast and several lunches and dinners, and entrance to gardens, guides and transport, and some activities will be approximately £1,950, but still to be confirmed.

Madeira gardens…
3-17 April 2019 – Japan: we are arranging our third trip to Japan but this time to see the renowned spring cherry blossom.  We will be staying in 4-star hotels in Kyoto, Hiroshima, Hakone and Tokyo, visiting the wondrous gardens, shrines and temples, and enjoying the unique Japanese food and culture.  We are currently putting together our programme; the cost will be approximately £5,000 which includes flights, hotels, breakfast and several lunches and dinners, and entrance to gardens, guides and transport and some activities.

Kyoto gardens…
At this stage we ask you to simply register interest, so that we can proceed with our plans.  Do note that we always set up a payment plan where you can pay in instalments. Our prices are competitive; our itineraries interesting, different and fun, often based on personal recommendations and our research; PLUS we can guarantee a memorable Garden House experience!!

We look forward to hearing from you please, contact us.


Specialist Plant Fair at The Garden House…

Posted by editor on Sunday, 27 May 2018

What a summer we’re having here at The Garden House!  Our Artists Open House during May has been very successful, bringing people into the garden not only to view work, but also to enjoy quietly wandering in the garden, finding surprises and plant joy at every turn, or settling in a quiet corner and relaxing with a cup of tea.

Next on the agenda is our Specialist Plant Fair – Saturday 2 June, 11am to 5pm – this is a must see event, even if you have visited recently! 

June is an ideal time for buying and planting out new and exciting plants in your garden – and our invited local nurseries and expert plants growers will not disappoint! They will have selections of rare and unusual herbaceous perennials, alliums, annuals, vegetable plants, summer bedding and pot plants. Also some very fine succulents and drought-tolerant plants.

Always a treat will be Iain Swain’s selection of beautifully restored garden tools, Black & Green’s metal plant supports and stakes (so useful!), and The French Barn’s paraphernalia and collectible items.

Come for tea/coffee, cakes or a delicious lunch. We look forward to seeing you. Saturday 2 June, 11am to 5pm. Entrance is £2.50 per person, children free.

Venue: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton BN1 4NT