Snowdrops and Hellebores 

Opening for The National Gardens Scheme 




Snowdrops and early hellebores: February 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19  

Hellebore days: March 2, 5, 6  

11am to 4pm 



Groups of 15 or more are welcome to visit on other dates by appointment 



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


Snowdrops in the woodland

Helleborus orientalis, the Lenten rose


Cyclamen coum

Narcissus, early January


Galanthus nivalis 'Viridapice'

Hellebore flowers floating in bird-bath

Hellebore drawing for ceramic tile by Sarah Mills

Hellebore drawing for ceramic tile by Sarah Mills at Ceramicartistry

We moved to Clayton 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 2015. 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. Parking is in the village, postcode BN6 9PJ. There are some spaces reserved for Blue Badge parking at the house. 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.

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. The garden is designed to be wheelchair friendly with good access around the house but the ground may be soft further away.

Plants, home-made jams and chutney will be on sale. Hot drinks, soup and cakes will be available at the "Pembury Cafe".

Admission for adults in 2015 is £5.00. Children free.  Dogs on leads free.

We would like to thank everybody who came to our garden in February and March 2014. Visitor numbers were hit by the wettest winter on record in the UK but the mild weather produced one of our best ever displays of snowdrops and hellebores. We had over 900 adult visitors, 49 children and 21 dogs. We were able to send off £8700 to the NGS.

Some of the NGS beneficiaries

Since our first opening in 1992 we have had 16,000 visitors and raised over £85,000. Will we reach our target of £100K with our last opening in 2015?



Phone: 01273 842805


Last updated: 13th January 2015