Sussex Prairies Garden

Sussex Prairies Garden, Henfield: Hours, Address, Sussex Prairies Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Sussex Prairies Garden
4.5
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
exciting prairie garden of approx 8 acres planted in the naturalistic style using 50,000 plants of over 1000 different varieties.Expect layers of colour , texture and architectural splendour. Permanent sculpture collection and exhibited sculpture. Rare breed sheep and pigs, Cosy teashop and garden room artist in residence exhibition, small shop Woodchip pathways inside borders not accessible but plenty of flat garden for both wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Accessible WC. Dogs welcome on a short lead. Please see website for opening days and dates .
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colinmk
15 contributions
Aug 2021
Surprising visit
Hadn't expected what you get
Amazing planting and ability to get inside the borders to really get a good look
Written September 9, 2021
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DelilahJane
Brighton, UK76 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
This is the most delightful place to visit. We have been twice, this time with my brother and niece. They both loved it.
To be able to walk through the borders is a wonderful thing. The bed of rudbeckia is glorious. And the sculptures really fit in well.
Lovely little cafe with seats dotted about and this time selling a really tasty savoury flapjack.
Oh, and there are rare pigs too!!
Definitely worth a visit but you do nr (free parking though).
Written August 27, 2021
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sunflower189
West Sussex, UK176 contributions
Aug 2021
These gardens are well worth a visit. The flowers and grasses are beautiful. You can walk around them on the lawns or through them in narrow paths. The children loved them. Interspersed among the plant are sculptures and other forms of, at times, unusual art work. As well as the plants there were sheep to see and two pigs in woodland. On the occasion of our visit there was an Indian bazaar with many fabrics, rugs and smaller items for sale as well as vegetarian curry from a stall. There are also plant stalls. Refreshments are for sale: I recommend the flapjack! You can take a picnic - there are plenty of picnic tables and benches to use.
Written August 24, 2021
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Topnin
11 contributions
Jul 2021
I love going to these gardens. They are different from the usual gardens and have a wide variety of plants adapted to prairie life. Many are available to buy. The gardens are quirky with statues and other art works nestled amongst the plants. The last time we visited they had a craft fair, very interesting. I would thoroughly recommend a visit.
Written July 17, 2021
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Karl A
Southampton, UK14 contributions
Jul 2021
We had a 2 hour journey to get here and wondered if the journey would be justified.
It truly was . What makes this place special is you don't just walk around the garden,
you walk through it!
Also garden very colourful and for sure our dog enjoyed it too.
Finally, we loved the 2 pigs!
Written July 16, 2021
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SamCrete
S E England34 contributions
Jun 2021
The garden is spread over 8 acres and specialises in ornamental grasses from North America and perennials. There are intriguing glimpses of the South Downs between the oak trees which border the south side of the garden
Written June 30, 2021
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Thank you for the fabulous review of our garden . We are so glad you enjoyed your visit .We look forward to welcoming you back again and the garden changes every day at a time as we move through our season ! The big grasses have yet to make themselves known !
Written July 3, 2021
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Legroom_Needed
Lewes, UK146 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
One of our favourite local gardens which is always a delight to visit throughout the year. Offers Gardener’s World 2-4-1 entry but don’t use it at the moment, all places need as much direct financial support as they can get. Not very big to stroll around but we mostly go for a short stroll and a slice of cake, checking out a random art exhibit if on at the time.
Written June 14, 2021
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Thank you for your very kind review and support of our special garden space ! there's lots more to come in the season as we gradually start to enjoy a prairie flowering revealed ! (weather permitting of course !) So glad you enjoyed your visit to our garden and of course there is always homemade cake to enjoy !
Written July 3, 2021
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Anita S
Brighton, UK5 contributions
May 2021
I'm so grateful to Pauline and Paul McBride for making the gardens available a few days ahead of their official season opening for my Big Number birthday. It was a beautiful place for our small group of friends to connect, with literally acres of room to stroll and natter. Loved Pauline's tour and talk about the passion that drove the creation of the garden. It is an amazing place: hornbeam hedges echoing the shape of the South Downs behind, giving structure to layers of leaves and flowers as the deep walk-through borders power-up for a spectacular summer. Birdsong, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, delicious cake, art, sculpture... and splendid sunshine. I've been a frequent visitor for several years, and it was lovely to share it with friends. We're all coming back!
Written June 1, 2021
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Honestly it was our pleasure to do so ! capturing the early season buzz of the garden at the cusp of its explosion into summer is a rare and special moment - so glad we were able to share it with you , your family and friends . we look forward to welcoming you all back soon !
Written July 3, 2021
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vsecord2003
Worthing, UK22 contributions
Sep 2020
Our first visit but won't be the last as it will be nice to see other flowers in different seasons. We were encouraged to get in amongst the planting by walking through the narrow woodchip paths which snaked through the flowers and grasses, a novel experience! To a child it would seem like going through a maze as some plants were quite tall.
Social distancing measures were in place because of the coronavirus risk but hot and cold drinks and light refreshments were available to have outside on the patio. We chose ice cream as it was so warm that afternoon.,
There was an interesting art and craft exhibition but I am not sure if that is a permanent feature.
A good selection of pot plants ( and sculptures ) are available for sale too.
We only saw one of the pigs mentioned and the sheep were hiding too the day that we visited.
Written September 27, 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review of our garden ... next time we will try and get both of our pigs out on show and the sheep must have been hunkering down in the long grass . They are Shetland sheep so once shorn are small and easily missed ! Glad you enjoyed walking into the borders which is exactly the experience we want everyone to enjoy ! the garden will have changed again by the time you return - which i hope you will do ! Our artist in residence exhibition in the garden gallery (this year featuring Claire Fearon ) is indeed a permanent fixture .. other pieces of sculpture in the garden come and go ! Lots more events on the horizon which i hope might tempt you !
Written July 3, 2021
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gordon w
Brighton and Hove, UK194 contributions
Sep 2020
we have been meaning to drop in here for a long while but it was difficult to tell if it was open from the road. We finally made a specific trip and found the car park to be filling up quite quickly. The lady on the gate was full of helpful advice and information and was a great advert for someone who clearly loves their work-place.
The gardens are set out on such a way that it is possible to either walk around the grassy alleys or head into the middle of most of the large beds on small pathways created among the plants; some are quite tall so you can feel like a prairie creature. Along with some whimsical metal and other sculptures , the whole place is relaxing and a never ending source of amusement and amazement.
Unfortunately, Covid restrictions meant that the tea rooms were only operating on a reduced menu and the cakes looked good from a distance through glass but were actually a bit dried up. The seating area on the grass outside the immediate cafe area was spoiled by an over-riding aroma which we traced to the nearby banks of bins which were not full but needed a jet-wash. There was also an inordinate amount of dog poo around the grounds where visitors were not being too careful to pick up after their pooches..... our local park has a better pick-up rate. Perhaps this needs stressing at the entrance.
Written September 23, 2020
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