Snowdrops and Hellebores 

Opening for The National Garden Scheme 

Spring is coming

Visits by arrangement mid-February to mid-March 2018 




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


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 2018. 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.

Visits by arrangement in groups of 10 to 30. Individuals can be added to groups.  Admission, including refreshments, is £9.00 for adults, children free. Dogs on leads free. Parking for groups at house, please car share. Overflow parking at village green BN6 9PJ, then follow signs to back gate.

We would like to thank everyone who visited the garden in 2017 and came to the talks we gave to gardening clubs and societies. We had 204 visitors and are pleased to say that we were able to send off £2103 to The National Garden Scheme. We have raised a total of £109,598 since we started opening the garden in 1992.


Some of the NGS beneficiaries



Phone: 01273 842805


Click here to see work in the garden 2016

Click here to see work in the garden 2017

Number of plants in flower on Christmas Day 2017: 78

Last updated: 21st February 2018