Opening for The National Garden Scheme in 2016 


Visits by arrangement May and June. Watch here and on the NGS website for pop up public openings in late May and early June 


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


Alliums in Nectar Beds

Lung Beds


Lung Beds



Welsh poppies and Brunnera

Medlar and polygonum superbum

Davidia handkerchieves



Lung Beds

Back yard



Ox-eye daisies



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, snowdrops and the hellebores in the woodland, shrubberies, roses and herbaceous plantings including prairie beds. 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. Visitors used to seeing the garden in February and March will be surprised at how different it all looks just a few months later in the year.

We are looking forward to meeting our National Gardens Scheme visitors in May and June 2016. 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. There is limited parking at the village green car park, postcode BN6 9PJ. The 40, 40X, 270, 271 and 273 bus routes link us to Brighton, 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. Entrance to the garden this year is via this footpath and not at the main entrance as in previous years. The route from car park to garden entrance will be well signposted.

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.  

Tea, coffee and cakes will be available at the "Pembury Cafe".

Admission for adults in 2016 is £5.00. Children free.  Dogs on leads free.

We would like to thank everybody who came to our garden in February and March 2015. Since our first opening in1992 we have suffered the hottest day on record (in August 2003) and the wettest winter (2013/14). This year we were blessed with good weather and our visitor numbers were the highest ever. We are pleased to say that we were able to send off over £20k to The National Garden Scheme and that we soared past our target of £100k raised in total over the years.

Some of the NGS beneficiaries



Phone: 01273 842805


Last updated: 8th October 2015