The Garden House Festive Fayre

Posted by editor on Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Join us here at the Garden House on Friday 08 December for mulled cider, stollen and carol singing (at 6.00), as well as classy presents from local makers and craftspeople.

3.00 – 7.00 pm

Admission: £2.00 per person donation for Brighton’s Clock Tower Project, a charity that supports homeless young people in Brighton and Hove.
Do come …

Remember you can buy GARDEN HOUSE gift vouchers for wonderful garden-related workshops, courses and trips – they make great presents!

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

We love: Winter Chrysanthemums

Posted by editor on Thursday, 2 November 2017

We’ve just returned from another fabulous Garden House trip to Japan, the land of carefully clipped, harmonious and meditative gardens. In amongst this sea of quiet green however, sits the beautiful Chrysanthemum, and what the Japanese can do with this delightful autumn flower is nobody’s business!

Aside from the cherry blossom, the Chrysanthemum is considered to be Japan’s national flower, since it is associated with the Imperial Family. Not only does it appear on the imperial crest, but the monarchy is also referred to as the Chrysanthemum Throne. Many family crests have also featured this flower, which is a symbol of longevity. You can see it on the 50-yen coin, too.

Such a beautiful Chrysanthemum (kiku in Japanese)…

Because of the chrysanthemum’s significance, there are several flower festivals dedicated to it. In most cases, they not only display the flowers, but they also sell seeds and young chrysanthemums that you can grow on your own.

On our Japan trip we visited the Meiji-jingu Shrine Chrysanthemum Exhibition in Tokyo where we saw adorable bonsai chrysanthemum displays, and the 1,000 blooms display (1,000 blooms on one plant!!). We loved the spidery shapes and amazing colours too.

Meiji-jingu Shrine Chrysanthemum Exhibition – 1,000 blooms…

Bonsai chrysanthemum displays…

Long out of fashion, like Dahlias, Chrysanths are now back on everyone’s autumn colour shopping list in the UK. We love them at the Garden House where we grow them for pops of beautiful autumn reds and oranges using them in displays with pumpkins and winter berries.

Vibrant pops of beautiful autumn reds and oranges…



Kantha inspired Sit-and-Sew

Posted by editor on Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Join our two charity stitching sessions on Saturday 25 November, in aid of Maternity Worldwide – Saving Lives in Childbirth.

Quilt designer Elizabeth Betts will be tutoring each session set in the peaceful surroundings of The Garden House, Brighton. She will show you Kantha stitch, a type of simple embroidery typical of eastern Asia. Come to learn and walk away with your creation!

Sessions: 10am to 1pm, and 2pm to 5pm. Cost per session is £20 minimum donation, which includes materials, refreshments and homemade cake.

Limited spaces, so to book your place, please

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

Autumn days, and Autumn colours

Posted by editor on Monday, 16 October 2017

What a wonderful few days we’ve had enjoying late summer planting and autumnal colours.

One morning was spent at the fabulous Sussex Prairie Garden in Henfield with our Passion for Plants course. Here we were “walking on the wild side” with garden owner Pauline McBride, looking closely at dream partnerships of plants, noting shapes, heights and colours of flowers, seed heads and the grasses.

On Friday a walk in the October sunshine, marvelling at the trees and reflections in the water at an old, but fabulous, favourite, Sheffield Park.

Then most recently we spent an autumn Sunday at the Great Dixter Plant Fair in Kent – a totally inspirational fair for lovers of unusual perennials in particular with nurserymen from Europe and the UK displaying their beautiful plants. Paul Seaborne of Pelham Plants, (who often sells his marvellous plants here at the Garden House) had a stall selling specially chosen herbaceous perennials and biennials. It was a great opportunity to wander round the stalls, and to relish the gardens, which as always, just exuded colour and passion.

Painting by Sian Bennett

The Dixter gardens in particular have inspired Kent-based fine artist Sian Bennett – and she in turn has inspired us. Sian recently completed an inspiring series of work – Summer Paintings – which we love. She says, “I was inspired by the colours and spaces of summer gardens and meadows which are so full of life” – and as the colours in the garden fade what a treat to revisit high summer colours in November.

Her solo exhibition is on at Creek Creative Studios, Faversham, Kent – from 31 October to 5 November. If you would like to ‘meet the artist’, Sian will be at Creek Creative on the Wednesday and the Saturday of the show week – do email her to confirm.

Painting by Sian Bennett


Join our ‘Celebration of the Seasons’

Posted by editor on Thursday, 5 October 2017

Bring the joy of home grown seasonal produce and activities into your busy life!

Our Celebration of the Seasons rolling course offers a mix of activities through the gardening year. Once a month, on Tuesday evenings, take the time to rediscover traditional ways of noticing, appreciating and embracing the changes in the seasons, and exploring how to make the best use of the produce you grow and that you find locally – in the garden, allotment, countryside and seaside.

Next sessions will be 31 October,  21 November, 12 December 2017, and 9 January and 20 February 2018 and onwards.  You can sign up for up to six sessions – £118.00 for three sessions, including suppers and wine (4 = £148, 5 = £175 and 6 = £200).  Please contact us if you would like to find out more or to book a place.

This course is perfect for those on a busy schedule, but who really want to savour each season’s produce and plants!


For lovers of gardens, plants, food and drink, the small group size will allow space for discussion and creativity, all set against the backdrop of the lovely Garden House garden.

Hands-on activities and demonstrations will include:

  • seasonal tasks in the garden and allotment
  • how to preserve fruit and vegetables
  • ideas for encouraging beneficial wildlife
  • making natural seasonal decorations
  • discovering traditional and contemporary recipes
  • new ideas for using your home-grown produce
  • how to avoid or deal with gluts
  • running a compost bin / wormery

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