Gardens to Visit in May (see NGS for more details)


Copyhold Hollow, Copyhold Lane, Borde Hill, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH16 1XU

Cottage garden in a hollow with woodland garden above. Damp loving perennials including species primulas. The oak stumpery gives way to a rock garden on the way to the crow’s nest and the whole garden is planted for yr-round interest.  The woodland garden is full of camellias, rhododendrons, bulbs, deciduous azaleas, primulas and native trees all watched over by the matriarchal beech in the centre of the garden. The cottage garden swirling around the 16th century cottage is fronted by 1,000 year old box hedge.

Opening Times     May 06, 2019 12:00 – 16:00

Refreshments:    Home-made teas.

Admission:        Adult: £4.00        Child: Free


Ham Cottage, Hammingden Lane, Highbrook, Ardingly, East Sussex, RH17 6SR

The present owners bought the derelict 18th century cottage in 1976. After restoring the house they set about expanding the original quarter acre into eight acres of a ‘mini Wakehurst’. In the Summer, near the house, colour bursts from everywhere. A stream flows through a large bog garden then passing the winter garden with fragrant daphne bholua and hellebores, falls over waterfalls into a bluebell carpeted wood. Above the arboretum there is another area of woodland with an old sandstone quarry which has been transformed into a natural amphitheatre, often used for plays and concerts. There are many sculptures and mechanical contraptions throughout the garden giving further interest.

Opening Times    May 11, 2019 14:00 – 17:00

Refreshments:    Home-made teas.

Admission:        Adult: £5.00        Child: Free


Springs Hanger, Bedham Lane, Bedham, Pulborough, Sussex, RH20 1JP

Mainly woodland in nature with azaleas, magnolias, rhododendrons and a variety of other unusual trees and shrubs underplanted. This is a sloping garden of approx 7 acres, planted from 1994 and still developing. Herbaceous border, vegetable garden, glasshouse, exotic and other areas of informal planting. Very fine views to the south and east.

Opening Times     May 11, 2019 10:00 – 16:30

Refreshments:    Due to limited numbers, pre-booking is essential. Open for guided tours only. Approx 2½ hr guided tour at 10am or 2.30pm, incl home-made teas.

Admission:        Adult: £10.00