20th APRIL 2017
Tulips in the garden looking fabulous! Cut tulips arriving today and being arranged in the marquee ready for the start of the Tulip Festival tomorrow - Bloms Bulbs have sent 132 varieties of tulips for the marquee and they will be in there from tomorrow onwards giving advice and ready to take bulb orders from anyone who wishes to place one.
Also - much excitement here as the new cookery book, based on our Kitchen Garden and written by the owners' daughter, Hattie, who grew up here, and with pictures by Leigh Clapp, will be on sale in our Gift Shop from tomorrow!
18th APRIL 2017
Tulips 80-85% out now and the wisteria is fully out. Really looking forward to seeing Bloms Bulbs with the cut tulip display once the Festival starts on Friday.
Our Bluebell Walk is open but there are only a handful of Bluebells to see at the moment - we will post updates if more come out.
15th APRIL 2017
Just another reminder that we are closed on Easter Sunday and open on Easter Monday. Thanks to all the lovely viistors who came to see us today.
Tulips are about 80% out now and the wisteria is looking good.
10th APRIL 2017
Gorgeous weather this weekend has seen more tulips coming into bloom - about 50% are out now and we still estimate (weather allowing) that the best show will be from Easter onwards (we are open on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday but closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday).
The wisteria is just starting to get its first little bits of colour on it - the bluebells are not ready yet but shouldn't be too far off - we will post on here when the bluebell walk is open. Still lots of daffodils out and the magnolia too.
Bloms Bulbs will be here for the Tulip Festival, with the cut tulip display, from 21st April every day to 6th May.
6th APRIL 2017
The gardens, cafe, gift shop and sculpture and art exhibitions are now open for the season, Tuesday to Saturday, Bank Holiday Mondays and Special Event Days, from 10am to 5pm, until the end of September.
We are in the midst of a beautiful, warm spring here on the East Sussex and Kent border so the garden is coming up a little earlier than usual. At the moment we still have lots of daffodils, camellias, hellebores and magnolia looking gorgeous and some of our tulips have started to come into flower.
The first special event on the calendar is our annual Tulip Festival - we have planted 30,000 tulips over the winter. The Festival runs from 21st April to 6th May - during this time we will have multi award winning Bloms Bulbs here on site with a lovely display of cut tulips, with advice and to take bulb orders.
The tulips in the garden are starting to flower now - ones in planters and flowerpots are out and some in warmer spots of the garden - there's a couple of pictures below and lots more on our facebook page so you can see how they are coming along.
At the moment about 20% are out and if this lovely weather continues we should have a few more coming out each day so we estimate (weather allowing of course!) that there should be a good show from just after Easter onwards - we will post regular updates on here and on facebook so you can see how they are flowering.
11th JANUARY 2017
Winter is a busy, busy time in the gardens here. So far this week we have been planning the planting for the kitchen garden - Bob, our kitchen gardener, has been through the Dobies catalogue and made a wish list of all the goodies he would like. (NB congratulations to Dobies who have just been awarded the accolade of 'Best Mail Order Supplier for Fruit and Vegetable plants' from Which! Gardening).
In the office we have just finalised our 2017 leaflet so we should have the finished copies delivered next week ready to give out at Excursions (see our Group Information page for details).
Throughout the rest of the garden Keith and Zena are leading the team to plant 30,000 bulbs ready for the Tulip Festival as well as doing a lot of work in new/reshaped flower beds and Clive and Toby have been busy planning and making a new path - you can see it is coming along nicely below.
22nd DECEMBER 2016
We wish all our visitors and followers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year and hope to see many of you in the gardens again when we re-open in April.
23rd NOVEMBER 2016
The Christmas Gift Shop opens tomorrow - so exciting - lots of lovely baubles and gift wrap and Christmas cheer and (most importantly!) gift ideas for all; handbags, framed prints, sculpture, hand painted bowls, homemade chutney, bridge sets, books, hampers and loads more.
Join us any day between now and Sunday 4th December - the shop will be open from 10am to 4pm each day.