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“Unusual garden at a great price”

Sussex Prairies Garden
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Henfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 .
Reviewed September 16, 2012

I visited this garden as part of a tour organised by BALI and was pleasantly surprised by it. Whilst it isn't strictly in the prairie planting style their are unusual plants there that make an impressive show of form and colour that make it well worth a visit. The other delightful thing about it is that there are pathways wandering through the borders where so come up close to the plants and often come across a treasure you wouldn't normally see.There are a couple of small ponds and a number of small sculptures that enhance the planting.
One of the most unusual things about this garden is that you wouldn't believe it was created from a field only 4 years ago.
Once you have finished looking at the garden you can buy some plants or simply seat and enjoy the view whilst having a cuppa with lovely homemade cakes.

Just watch the opening times as it only open 1-5pm, June - October ... check on website.

1  Thank WoodyRWJ
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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2014

and we are still at exactly the same price to get in - only £6 entrance fee for over six acres of wonder and delight ! and as this visitor suggests the secret of the enjoyment lies in the fact that you can get right in amongst those huge enveloping swathes of colour and texture and wander through as you please... big enjoyment and delight with knobs on !

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We first visited this garden at the start of August. They charge a very reasonable entry fee and there's plenty of parking in the field next to the entrance. After wending your way past the house you can see the pigs and then round the barn to the tea rooms, WC and plant sales area. We were amazed at the sheer scale of the planting, the range of colours and textures woven together and the unusual sculptures dotted in amongst the plants. It was a riot of colour and scent and an absolute joy to wander round. You can walk through the flower beds to get close ups of the myriad grasses, and unusual plants.

We were so impressed we visited again mid September and took others from our family along with us. The garden has autumn colour schemes, and is still a mass of bloom and interesting vistas. It must seem like heaven for the hundreds of bees and butterflies that abound, and it certainly was for us! There are plenty of seats to be found throughout the garden and its also wheelchair friendly. In the tea room they serve a range of home made cake (including gluten free cake) and choice of drinks. Highly recommended and good prices compared to garden centre cafes that we have visited. The garden is open from 1 till 5pm, so makes a lovely afternoon outing. The couple who own and created this garden certainly know their stuff, and are happy to advise you on any plants that you buy. I just wish I could have bought more but I don't have the 6 acres they are blessed with! You won't be sorry if you visit this garden but make it soon, it closes in mid October until next year. Or else put it on your list of places to visit next year, it'll certainly be something to look forward to.

1  Thank Bigardafan
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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2014

this was such a lovely review in all ways and we were very pleased to receive it as it looked at the whole experience of visiting our garden.. we try and make it the best we can and hope to give an individual and unique experience to everyone....from garden to teas and plants ! our prairie home is very special to us and we want it to be the same for every visitor.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

What a find. Absolute heaven in a garden. Go for the day and just hang out. An inspiration to all garden designers and escapism for one and all. August/sept is the best time to visit,a s with all prairie gardens.

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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2014

well of course august and september and october find the gardens at their highest ! the taller perennials and big grasses certainly dominate and give the garden a real wow factor. But of course these type of gardens follow many stages through their season and the earlier months of june , july and early august enjoy the colourful swathes of day lilies and the earlier colour swatches of flowers in abundance.. the big flowery time... so come many times and see the changes move through the borders !

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Just off a quiet country road is this surprising and wonderful 6 acre garden. You park in the field next door and are guided past the house, pigs,chickens and the farm buildings to where the owners have created a fantastic garden. It is a feast of colour and swathes of unusual plants which you can walk through and really feel you are part of the garden. I challenge you NOT to touch the sweeps of soft grasses or spikey heads of cone flowers. There are surprises at every turn, plants to buy and a delicious tea with home made cakes to round off your visit. Absolutely lovely!

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PaulineMcBride, Owner at Sussex Prairies Garden, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2015

thank you for your very kind review all those years ago .. in truth the garden gives all that it gave then still today .. so all is well and inspirational.. only it just gained a whole lot more in maturity and panache ! we still love it very much and hope it gives the garden visitor of today as lovely ash experience in the garden and teashop and plant shop.

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Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile
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