• 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



Garden Visits, Study Days and lectures

Each year SGT organises a programme of garden visits, study days and lectures to help our members and their guests learn about garden heritage and enjoy the opportunity to meet likeminded people. These events can be booked individually. Details of 2019 Spring 2019 events can be found below. Details of events later in the year will be confirmed in due course.

To book a place for the events shown below, please download and complete the booking form and send to the address indicated together with a cheque payable to Sussex Gardens Trust

Event Booking Form Spring 2019

Spring lecture and AGM

4pm AGM - formal notice has been be sent to all members by post - a copy can be downloaded here

 Re-opening of Leonardslee Gardens

The Grade I listed Gardens were sold in 2010 and have been closed to the public since then. Due to lack of maintenance, the gardens deteriorated markedly over the next seven years. However new owners acquired the property in 2017 and have invested a great deal of money and energy to update the facilities and bring the garden back to its former glory. The re-opening is scheduled for March 2019 and once again the public will be able to see the wonderful spring display of rhododendrons and azaleas and also the beautiful rock garden.


To take advantage of this opportunity we have arranged private tours for SGT members to include an introductory talk and guided walk with the head gardener. Each group will be limited to a maximum of 25 people and we expect these to be very popular with SGT members – hence we have booked two tours
Tuesday 14th May at 2pm
Wednesday 22nd May at 2pm
The cost of these tours is £18pp for the afternoon talk and guided tour but without any refreshments (a very superior afternoon tea will be available at extra cost of about £35pp in the drawing room of the Leonardslee mansion – booking directly with Leonardslee is recommended. We understand a more economical tea room will also be open but that hasn't been confirmed as yet).

Stop Press - all places for both tours now booked!

April and June 2019 visits

Monday 24 June 2019, 2pm. A visit to a private garden near Pulborough
Cost: £11pp (members only - no guests due to restriction on numbers)

The garden we will visit on 24th June is approximately one mile north-north west of Pulborough in West Sussex and is beautifully sited above the River Arun with views towards the Downs. Details of the exact address will follow with confirmation of  your booking but are kept discreet at this stage. The  house is in the Doomsday book, and plans of an Elizabethan E shaped mansion with a banqueting house are in the records in Chichester.  The house burnt down in 1699 and a fragment was rebuilt completed in 1704.  In 1910, the Arts and Crafts architect, Professor Edward Prior, redesigned parts of the interior and exterior, which is grade ll listed, and Gertrude Jekyll rebuilt part of the garden.  The site is ten acres and has been sensitively and carefully restored and developed by a succession of four owners over the last century.  It is not open to the public, and we are lucky to have this opportunity to visit.

The approach is along an impressive avenue of limes, bordered by lakes, a bog garden with a board walk and a wildflower meadow. Nearer to the house there is a series of different, linked rooms: granite sets and raised beds in a shady courtyard, the Jekyll sunken garden, a knot garden, a rose garden and an Italian garden sit alongside a potager, an orchard with mown grass paths and the main, shrub-bordered lawn. Rope swags festooned with roses lead to a pergola and the Elizabethan garden.

We will meet at 2pm and be given a conducted tour by the head gardener. Tea and coffee will be provided and there are several good pubs nearby for lunch beforehand.