• 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

 To find events organised by SGT click this link

Events arranged by other organisations are shown below.

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Winter Lecture Season 2018-19, London

 GT John Brookes lecture

 To find out more and book a place click here

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Birkbeck Garden History Group Study Day March 16th at The Senate House, London
'Music and Gardens'

Speakers include: Judy Tarling, Cherrill Sands, Jonathan Price and Pauline Green

Judy Tarling will be speaking about music and harmony in the garden generally and at Versailles. The other speakers will talk about opera and dance.

Tickets will be available from early February from Eventbrite, £33 non-members https://bghg-musicandgardens.eventbrite.co.uk.

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Sussex Group Spring lecture

Saturday 6th April 2019, commencing at 2.00pm at Haywards Heath Town Hall, Boltro road, Hayward Heath, RH16 1BA

Talk by Steve Bustin on ‘Ghost, guns & guerrilla gardening’, the life & times of Ellen Willmott.

Ellen Ann Willmott was an English horticulturist. She was an influential member of the Royal Horticultural Society, and a recipient of the first Victoria Medal of Honour in 1897. She was said to have cultivated more than 100,000 species and cultivars of plants, and sponsored expeditions to discover new species. Willmott employed up to 104 gardeners, and was known for being a demanding employer; she would reputedly sack any gardener who allowed a weed to grow among her flowers. She only employed men in her garden; she was once quoted as saying "women would be a disaster in the border". She became increasingly eccentric and paranoid; she booby-trapped her estate to deter thieves and carried a revolver in her handbag.

Plant/Seed Sales,  Raffle,  Tea/Cake. No booking necessary.

[Editors note: I heard Steve give this facinating and entertaining lecture at a recent meeting of the Sussex Hardy Plant Society.  Not to be missed - Jim Stockwell]

Fetcham Park Study Day   George London Nb - SGT in the above flyer refers to Surrey Garden Trust members. To book click here

Borde Hill events

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Lindley Library

More info at www.rhs.org.uk/libraryevents or www.facebook.com/RHSLindleyLibrary

Institute Of Historical Research, London, WC1E 7HU

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Wealden Buildings Study Group

We've been contacted by the Wealden Buildings Study Group and thought some SGT members might be interested in the work of this organisation. Members of this Group helped to found the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum over 44 years ago, and they now are working to interpretively record all the remaining timber framed buildings in Sussex and adjacent areas, in concert with the other County Groups. Three of the earliest surviving timber framed buildings in Sussex (13/14th C) have only been confirmed in the last five years, hidden in later structures! If you are interested in this work or even live in a timber framed building, further information can be found at this web site WBSG    

Historical Gardens in Sussex

Several new members asked about historic gardens in Sussex - information on many can be found on the Historic Gardens section of this website - navigate down the buttons on the right of this page Historic Gardens of Sussex


Courses on garden history

We are often asked about courses on Garden History - advice can be found on the website of The Gardens Trust see Courses 

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