• 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 of summer 2017 events 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

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

SGT Member £13 Guests £18

Munstead Wood and wotton House

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.  

Wednesday, 6th September, 2017 Half day visit to Penns in the Rocks, Tunbridge Wells.

SGT Member £12 Guests £17

Penns in the rocks

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.

A date for your diary

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