Come to our MacMillan Coffee Morning!

Posted by editor on Saturday, 23 September 2017

Visit the Garden House and support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan’s fundraising event for people facing cancer. All over the UK people will be hosting their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone MacMillan raised £29.5 million and this year they are aiming to raise even more.

Join us on 29 September 2017 in the autumn garden and enjoy coffee and delicious handmade cakes. We will also be selling refreshments, plants, jams and chutneys. Invite your family and friends – what better way to catch up and support this worthwhile cause!

Open 11am to 3pm. Entry: £2 / children free.

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

Bridgette’s dad Derek, 97, on Gardener’s World!

Posted by editor on Saturday, 9 September 2017

Bridgette’s dad Derek Saunders was featured on Gardener’s World on Friday 15 September.

A few weeks back presenter Frances Tophill and the film crew travelled to Norfolk to meet with Derek, who at 97, is still gardening every day.

Derek is undoubtedly an inspiration to us all, and proof that gardening, fresh air and enjoyment in nature can keep you fit and youthful.

As a child and young woman Bridge was greatly inspired by her dad to become a horticulturalist, and later by the work and writings of several other gardeners including Geoff Hamilton, Beth Chatto and Carol Klein. Her extraordinary garden in Brighton is testament to the same passion and love of gardening that has driven Derek all his life.

Indeed on various visits from Norfolk, Derek has made his mark on the Garden House garden, not only in giving sage and welcomed advice, but also contributing hands on work, including the laying of a pebble mosaic on the top courtyard garden just a few years ago!

When wrapping up the programme, Monty even dedicated the ‘Week’s Tasks’ to Derek – thank you Monty!

Derek in his gardener’s garden!

With the Gardener’s World film team…

With the Gardener’s World film team…

With the Gardener’s World film team…

Enjoy Learning About Gardening

Posted by editor on Wednesday, 30 August 2017

There are so many aspects of gardening that excite us here at the Garden House – for the complete beginner, or the more experienced hand – for town gardens, or allotments – for challenging spaces, or handkerchief courtyards – deciding what to plant, and how to nurture and propagate.

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Our courses have been developed over many years and are designed to support your gardening efforts, and to inspire and inform you. Our students love our approach and often return to build up their skills, “I loved the course, learnt more than expected and had great fun doing so with a lovely group of people.”

Propagation methods

With this in mind we would like to remind you of some upcoming courses:

Starting 13 Sept, Gardening from Scratch – have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening. Our 8-session Wednesday evenings course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden.

Starting 27 Sept, Design Your Own Garden – the aim of this 6-session course is to give you the basic skills and confidence to design or revamp your own garden to suit your lifestyle and budget. By the end of the course you will be able to draw up a scale plan, with at least one planting plan for a bed, have a clear idea of the materials you want to use for the hard landscaping, and an idea of the cost to turn your plan into reality, plus a schedule of work.

Starting 28 Sept, Plant Passion – this hands-on 8-session course is ideal for all plant enthusiasts – the aim being to further your knowledge of plants, and how and where they grow.

Starting 18 Jan 2017, Plantspersonship – this 8-session course is for the keen gardener or professional horticulturalist who wants to increase their knowledge and skills. It will be ideal for plant enthusiasts as the key aspect of the course is to encourage expertise, and to improve your plant knowledge by looking closely at plants, how they grow and where they thrive.

We are based in central Brighton, in a large and beautiful garden and work space which was once a market garden.  It is one of Brighton’s secret spaces!  Do sign up for one of our courses, you won’t be disappointed (we hope!)…


Are You Eager to Learn about Gardening?

Posted by editor on Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Have fun and be inspired as you learn the basics of gardening. Our Wednesday evening course is designed for beginner gardeners – to improve your knowledge and gardening skills and to give you the confidence to nurture and enjoy your garden.

Many of you already love gardening, and are knowledgeable and confident. Some of you have been on our courses here at the Garden House, which for several of you has led to a change in direction and a career in horticulture.  You are the converted!
We are starting a new beginners’ course in September – Gardening from Scratch.  Do you have friends, family or colleagues who may be interested?  Remind them that apart from the knowledge, fun and information imparted on the course she/he will also have a delicious vegetarian supper with wine to enjoy!

“I loved the course, learnt more than expected and had great fun doing so with an lovely group of people.  Glass of wine with the delicious supper each evening was welcome as well!”

Learn how to grow healthy plants.  Learn about plant life cycles, the naming of plants, the basics of soil management, composting, making your garden more sustainable, seed sowing and taking cuttings, plus an introduction to pruning, pest/disease and weed control, and one session on starting a vegetable garden or patch.

As well as horticultural theory there will be practical hands-on learning, and demonstrations of seasonal tasks.

Wednesday evening sessions starting at 6.30 pm, finishing at 9.15pm

Cost: £295 each person – to include a vegetarian supper with a glass of wine!

BOOK ONLINE NOW. If you are unable to pay online, please contact us to find out about alternative ways of paying.

Dates: 13, 20 September, then 4, 11 October, and 1, 8, 22 November, and finally 6 December

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

Join our Dementia Friendly Gardening Group

Posted by editor on Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Garden House has joined with Brighton & Hove Food Partnership to support their Dementia Friendly Gardening Group.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation that helps people learn to cook, to eat a healthy diet, to grow their own food and to waste less food.

Their projects are funded by the NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group. All sessions are delivered by Food Partnership staff alongside trained volunteers. The sessions are suitable for those with mild to moderate dementia and carers are welcome to attend as well.

Read on to find out more, get details of how to book a space, or contact us with any questions.

Gardening groups

Gardening is a wonderful activity to help improve wellbeing, get outdoors and take time to notice nature. Our weekly sessions provide a gentle, regular activity with a friendly group and a chance to build confidence. There is lots of national evidence about the benefits of gardening for people with dementia.

When: Weekly Tuesday sessions for up to 3 months. The next groups run from 18th July to 17th October – including a morning group 10:30am-12pm and an afternoon group 2:30-4pm.

Where: The Garden House, 5 Warleigh Road, Brighton, BN1 4NT (between London & Ditchling Road), accessed via a side gate. The Garden House is a beautiful walled garden which sits behind the houses on Warleigh Road, it has a heated room in which you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea. There is also a toilet and hand washing facilities. Please note the garden is a no-smoking zone.

Who are the activities suitable for?

  • People with a mild (and in some cases moderate) dementia diagnosis
  • We can only accept applications for gardening from people who have a good level of mobility (are able to walk unaided) due to the uneven nature of the ground and trip hazards.
  • Those who can attend regular weekly sessions.
  • Activities are adaptable to suit a wide range of abilities, and some participants may not need a carer present. Others may require additional support from their carer, please speak to us to find out more.
  • We welcome people with a passion for gardening or cookery but participants do not need to have any previous experience to enjoy the activities.

What previous participants and carers have said:

  • “I noticed an improvement since the beginning – she is more outgoing with other people and now initiates conversations… She is really happy there she loves it… It has really helped her with socialising.” (carer, gardening)
  • “I think it has been wonderful for me and we have made some good friends. Everyone has really gelled together and supported one another – we’ve had some great chats… Just being in the garden is wonderful.” (participant, gardening)

How much? Totally free. You just need to provide your own transport to get to the venue.

Booking a space: If you’d like to find out a bit more before applying please contact Sarah Davenport on or call 01273 431700. Feel free to contact Sarah with any questions or to book a place over the phone.