• 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


Each year SGT organises a programme of lectures and garden visits to help our members and their guests learn about garden heritage and enjoy the opportunity to meet likeminded people. Details summer events in 2017 are shown below and can be booked now - just download and complete a booking form and send your cheque to the address indicated. 

SGT Booking Form Summer 2017

Friday 7th July 2017. 10.30 – 4.00 pm. All day visit to two gardens near Heathfield, East Sussex.

Cost: £15 per member. (Morning coffee and cake and afternoon tea and cake included). We are limited to a group of 30 for these two visits and cannot invite guests on this occasion.

Stop Press: Fully booked with a long waiting list - no further bookings being accepted.

Turners Hill House and Brightling Down Farm v2

We begin the morning with a visit to Turners House, the inspiring garden of Christopher Miscampbell and Julia Padbury, We will have coffee on arrival and an introduction to the garden from the owners, describing how they have met the challenge of a garden exposed to the westerly winds and drought. We can then explore the richly planted borders, the rose walk, a scrubbed birch grove and an underplanted orchard. Lunch is not included, but the Three Cups pub is a six-minute walk away. If you would prefer to bring your own lunch Julia and Christopher have kindly said we may use their lawn (but please bring a folding chair with you).

In the afternoon we visit Brightling Down Farm, a charming garden with different areas, including a Zen garden, walled vegetable garden and water garden. The owners, Mr and Mrs Stephens, have opened their garden especially for SGT members, and will take us on a guided tour.

Wednesday, 26th July, 2017. Half day visit to Pashley Manor 10.30 – 12.30.

Cost: £12 per member, £17 per guest

Of all the gardens in Sussex, the quality of the horticulture and garden maintenance is amongst the very best. At the time of our visit the lillies should be spectacular while the roses and herbaceous borders should also be stunning. The walled kitchen garden has been re-created as a Victorian potager might have been and several different types of lettuce and salad are grown, together with artichokes, courgettes, peas, beans and beetroot.

For our morning visit to Pashley Manor, on the border of East Sussex and Kent, we shall have an introductory talk on the development of this romantic garden. The café serves homemade local food or picnics may be taken in the car park field where there are tables and benches. Pashley Manor is close to other renowned gardens such as Great Dixter, Sissinghurst and Merriments and you might like to make your own arrangements to visit one of these gardens in the afternoon.

Pashley Manor strip

 Tuesday, 15th August,, 2017. All day visit to two notable gardens near Dorking in Surrey.

11.00 – 1.00 pm. Munstead Wood, Heath Lane, Busbridge, Godalming, GU7 1UN.

2.30 – 4.00 pm. Wotton House, Guildford Rd, Wotton, Dorking RH5 6HS

Cost: £13 per member. £18 per guest

In August we have a very special opportunity to visit two gardens by eminent garden designers of the mid- seventeenth and early twentieth century: John Evelyn and Gertrude Jekyll.

We begin the morning at Munstead Wood, home of the renowned plantswoman, Gertrude Jekyll. Her private garden will be open especially for our visit, and the head gardener will give us an introduction to Munstead and a guided tour of the garden that Jekyll began creating in 1883..   Lunch is not included but Winkworth Arboretum (NT) is nearby and has a café. After lunch we move to Wootton House, owned by the Evelyn family since 1579 and where John Evelyn, the garden designer, writer and diarist, laid out the gardens in the 1640s. Despite modifications features of the original gardens remain, including a terraced mount and classical garden temple. We shall have a self-guided tour of these gardens. Wootton House is now a hotel, and serves afternoon tea.  

Munstead Wood and wotton House

Wednesday, 6 September 2017. 2.00 – 4.00. Penns in the Rocks, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex, TN3 9PA

Cost: £12 per member, £17 per guest

Our late summer visit to this romantic garden with its planting of old roses offers many pleasures and surprises. There is an walled garden with herbaceous borders, a lake and woods, and the rocky outcrop from which the garden takes its name. In a temple built by Dorothy Wellesley there are stones dedicated to the ‘poets who loved Penns’, including Vita Sackville-West.

The owners Frances and Hugh Gibson have very kindly arranged for us to have a tour of the garden by the gardener.

Tea is not provided, but there are several eating places nearby. The Dorset Arms serves lunches and is three minutes away, or the Duddleswell Tea Rooms is ten minutes away.

Penns in the rocks

A date for your diary later in the year

Monday, 4 December 2017. Christmas Lecture and Lunch at the Hydro Hotel, Eastbourne