Herbaceous borders at Parham House Gardens

Herbaceous borders at Parham House Gardens

Herbaceous heaven!

The herbaceous borders at Parham are really exceptional. There are such great colour combinations of tall perennials. You can also visit the glasshouse, the vegetable garden, an orchard and a 1920’s Wendy House.

The house and gardens are open from April to October. They have a great plant shop and cafes too. It’s one of my favourite places to visit locally.


Parham House and Gardens are near Storrington in West Sussex, 9 miles from Steyning. It takes about 20 minutes to drive there. You can also catch a no 100 bus.

Opening Times

The gardens usually open in the afternoons from Easter Sunday until the end of September on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays & Bank Holidays.  In October they open on Sundays only.

Check current details on their website at Parham House Gardens


Historic Gardens Weekend

Historic Gardens Weekend

Historic Gardens Annual Event

The fascinating Weald and Downlands Museum at Singleton has an annual historic gardens weekend each year in late June.

Find out about their six period gardens and meet their gardening team.

Discover the herbs, vegetables and flowers that rural households would have grown and used. This will explain what people did from Tudor times right up to the Victorian era.

Find out how they use the plants grown in the Museum’s gardens for medicinal and culinary purposes, as well as natural dyeing and other uses. You can also learn how important gardens were to the ordinary working rural people of the past and how they would have been managed.

There will be displays, guided walks and talks, plus a chance to view their short film about the gardens. You can also chat to their gardening team and see the Museum’s Herbarium.

Find out more about the museum & their events at http://www.wealddown.co.uk/events

Borde Hill Gardens in Sussex

Borde Hill Gardens in Sussex

The Rose Garden at Borde Hill is in full bloom during late June! Mainly planted with David Austin English roses, it is bordered by box and lavender hedges.

You’ll also see lovely delphiniums, peonies, phlox, clematis and rambling roses grown on wooden poles .

Finish your visit with cream tea in the Rose Garden at Little Ritz Cafe, or enjoy a rose-themed tea at Cafe Elvira!


Adults £8.20
Concession £7.80
Child (aged 3-16) £5.50
Child under 3 – Free

Open daily from end of March until early October

Details at http://www.bordehill.co.uk/

Borde Hill Gardens – just north of Haywards Heath – are a 35 minute drive from Steyning & within easy reach of Brighton.

Perennials and Grasses at the Sussex Prairie Garden

Perennials and Grasses at the Sussex Prairie Garden

Enjoy echinacea and many other perennials

Do visit the lovely Sussex Prairie Gardens at Woodmancote. This is an exciting  garden of about 8 acres planted in the naturalistic style using 50,000 plants and over 1500 different varieties. There are wonderful interlocking arcs of large planted borders of perennials and grasses, surrounded by mature oak trees with views of Chanctonbury Ring and also Devil’s Dyke on the South Downs

There is also a permanent sculpture collection with exhibited sculptures throughout the season. You’ll see rare breed sheep and pigs too!

sussex prairie gardens

Open from beginning of  June to mid October  – 1pm to 5pm 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays.

Adults £7. children £3.50

Teas, coffees and delicious home baking available.

These lovely gardens are just 9 miles from Steyning. it takes about 20 minutes to drive there. Well worth a visit….

Find out more and check opening times and admission costs Sussex Prairie Gardens

Arundel Castle Gardens

Arundel Castle Gardens

The walled gardens at Arundel Castle have been created recently and are well worth a visit. Each year there is a wonderful tulip festival, which continues until the end of May

Admission to the gardens costs £11 for adults

Check opening times at Arundel Castle and Gardens

Arundel itself is a fascinating historic town in West Sussex. It is a half an hour’s drive from Steyning.