National Garden Scheme: Open Garden: Sussex Prairies Henfield

National Garden Scheme: Open Garden: Sussex Prairies Henfield

Exciting prairie garden of approximately 8 acres planted in the naturalistic style using 60,000 plants and over 1,600 different varieties. A colourful garden featuring a huge variety of unusual ornamental grasses. Expect layers of colour, texture and architectural splendour. Surrounded by mature oak trees with views of Chanctonbury Ring and Devil’s Dyke on the South Downs. Permanent sculpture collection and exhibited sculpture throughout the season. Rare breed sheep and pigs. Tropical entrance garden.

For other opening times and information please phone or see garden website. Sussex Prairies is an RHS Partner Garden. Teashop operating as a kiosk selling hot and cold drinks, home-made cakes and ice creams. The garden was featured on BBC Gardener’s World programme October 2010 and August 2015 and Your garden Made Perfect in 2021 and has been featured in many garden magazines and books and among others, Gardens Illustrated magazine, The RHS Garden magazine, Homes and Garden magazine, The English Garden, The Telegraph and Times newspapers. Used as a film location for BBC2. Featured on The One Show and BBC Inside Out and Your Garden Made Perfect. Further TV programmes in the pipeline! Website photos by kind permission of Marianne Majerus.

Sussex Prairies is open for the National Garden Scheme Sunday 10th September (1pm-5pm) Admission £10, children free. Home-made teas. Pay (cash only) on the day.

About the National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme was founded in 1927 by The Queen’s Nursing Institute to raise money for district nurses. Ever since then it has given annual donations to nursing and health charities totalling over £67 million. It gives visitors unique, affordable access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands and raises impressive amounts through admission charges and the sale of tea and cake.
Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we are now the most significant charitable funder of nursing in the UK. As well as the Queen’s Nursing Institute, our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and Parkinson’s UK.
The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – we are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. We fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2016 commissioned The Kings Fund report Gardens and Health Our Gardens and Coronavirus 2020: The importance of gardens and outdoor spaces during lockdown report was published in September 2020.

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