Open Gardens

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of one of the gardens which will be opened to the public this weekend, marking the 25th anniversary of the Lewes and District Garden Society. At 8, Warren Drive opposite the prison, Carole Buchan, a founder member of the society, has turned a muddy strip of hilly land into a tranquil oasis. Her garden has been recently replanted for drought conditions with Mediterranean plants and silver and grey foliage. She says that her small garden has been split into ‘rooms’ where she can sit at different times of the day. Separate seating areas accentuate the room motif, with tall trees and trellising providing seclusion. Blue pots and trellises are set off by white flowers, the most striking of which is her ‘Mrs George Jackson’ clematis which is currently in stunning full bloom. A stepped ‘wild area’ at the back of the garden complements the order in the rest of the space. Carole says “this weekend will help enthusiasts and novices appreciate what you can do in a small space.”

A full programme is available from the Tourist Office. One late entry is not, however, included: Oxsetton, Southerham (turn left at the Cuilfail Tunnel roundabout onto the Eastbourne Road and take the first left marked for Southerham) has been added and is open on Saturday only. Tickets cost £5 and give you access to 15 gardens in Lewes, Ringer and Patcham. Part of the proceeds will go towards three charities: St Anne’s Church Roof and Tower Appeal, Lewes Little Gardens and Cancer BACUP. KA

Open Gardens: who needs a hosepipe with all this rain?

Throughout Lewes, Ringmer and Patcham
When? Saturday and Sunday
How much? £5

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