Flowers from the garden 30/12/2018

Snowdrops and Hellebores 

Opening for The National Garden Scheme 


"The perfect woodland garden" 

Visitor quote 2018 


Now booking for 2020 

Dates available: Friday 14th February 10.30-12.30am and 2.00-4.00pm, Monday to Thursday 17th - 20th February 10.30-12.30am, Friday 21st February 10.30-12.30am and 2.00-4.00pm, Saturday 22nd February 10.30-12.30am, Monday to Thursday 24th - 27th February 10.30-12.30am, Friday 28th February 10.30-12.30am and 2.00-4.00pm, Friday 6th March 10.30-12.30am and 2.00-4.00pm, Monday to Thursday 9th - 12th March 10.30 - 12.30am, Friday 13th March 10.30-12.30am and 2.00-4.00pm. 

See below for details 




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


Snowdrops in the woodland

Helleborus orientalis, the Lenten rose


Cyclamen coum

Narcissus, early January


Galanthus nivalis 'Viridapice'

Hellebore flowers floating in bird-bath


We moved to Clayton over 30 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 and is designed for year round interest. There are plenty of seats so the views can be enjoyed at leisure.

We are looking forward to meeting our National Gardens Scheme visitors in February and March 2020. You can find us on the B2112, 100 metres from the junction with the A273. We are less than one mile from the A23 and about six miles from Brighton. The 270, 271, 272 and 273 bus routes link us to Brighton, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, East Grinstead and Crawley. (The bus-stop at the Jack and Jill pub is 300 metres from the garden entrance.) The garden lies on the footpath between the new Hassocks main line station and Clayton at a distance of about one mile.

The new Hassocks railway station

Visiting our garden is a great day out. There are walks on the South Downs with Jack and Jill windmills and Oldland windmill to visit and beautiful wall paintings to study in Clayton's Saxon church. The entrance to Clayton Tunnel is nearby.  

The garden is always cold in winter and invariably muddy, so winter attire is a must.

Individuals are welcome to book as are groups of up to 30. Coaches are also welcome to book. Admission, including refreshments, is £10 for adults, children free. Dogs on leads free. Parking for groups at house, please car share. Overflow parking at village green BN6 9PJ - you will be directed to the Cinder Track and the back gate. Any garden tours start soon after opening.

Pre-payment required for larger groups. No concessions

We would like to thank everyone who visited the garden in 2019. There were 311 adults, 11 children and 7 dogs and we are pleased to say that we were able to send off £3000 to The National Garden Scheme. We have raised a total of £116,608 since we started opening the garden in 1992.


National Garden Scheme donations for 2019

£500,000 £500,000 £500,000 £400,000 £250,000 £185,000 £100,000 £130,000 £245,000 £206,208



Phone: 01273 842805


Work in the garden 2016

Work in the garden 2017

Work in the garden 2018

Work in the garden 2019

Number of plants in flower on Christmas Day 2018: 75

Last updated: 7th June 2019