Flowers from the garden 30/12/2018

Snowdrops and Hellebores 

Opening for The National Garden Scheme 


"The perfect woodland garden" 

Visitor quote 2018 


Next opening: Every Tuesday to Friday 10th February to 11th March 2022 


Pre-booking is essential 

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As seen on Gardeners' World BBC2 and Japanese TV 2012

Featured in the February 2009 issue of Country Homes & Interiors and the January 2011 issue of More from Your Garden

Top Ten NGS Spring Garden in The Lady, March 2012

Hellebore Heaven! Daily Mail, January 2014

Featured in episode 2 of the new Sky 1 gardening programme Show Me Your Garden Jan 2015

NGS Garden of the Month in The English Garden February 2018

Article in Garden Answers February 2019

Article in Sussex Life February 2021


Snowdrops in the woodland

Helleborus orientalis, the Lenten rose


Cyclamen coum

Narcissus, early January


Galanthus nivalis 'Viridapice'

Hellebore flowers floating in bird-bath


Six miles north of Brighton, off A23. No parking at the house, use the village green BN6 9PJ. Then follow signs across playing field to footpath by railway to back gate. Buses 270, 271 and 273 stop nearby. The garden is about a mile on the footpath from Hassocks main line station.

We moved to Clayton over 37 years ago and have steadily developed the garden ourselves. Our garden is three acres in size, planted informally on clay at the foot of the South Downs. There are young and mature trees, shrubberies, roses and herbaceous plantings and of course, the snowdrops and the hellebores. The garden is owner maintained with some help and is designed for year round interest. There are plenty of seats so the views can be enjoyed at leisure.

We would like to thank all those who visited the garden in 2021. There were 484 adults, 70 children and about 40 dogs and we are pleased to say that we were able to send off £3,204 to The National Garden Scheme. Since we started opening the garden in 1992 we have raised a total of £124,374 and there have been 20,823 adult visitors, 930 children and 277 dogs.


The National Garden Scheme has made donations of over £3 million in 2021: 

£500,000 £525,000 £500,000 £425,000 £395,000 £212,5000 £100,000
£7,772 £75,000 £230,000 £60,000



Phone: 01273 842805


Work in the garden 2016

Work in the garden 2017

Work in the garden 2018

Work in the garden 2019

Work in the garden 2020

Work in the garden 2021

Work in the garden 2022

Number of plants in flower on Christmas Day 2021: 77

Last updated: 14th January 2022