Sussex Prairies is now Open for our 2022 season. We are open five days a week , Wednesdays until Sundays , 1pm until 5pm (except on Special event days )until 16th October 2022. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays *(we shall be open on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2022) . Coming up - Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July our Handmade Craft Fair - prebook for Fast Track tickets

Sussex Prairie Garden

RHS Partner Garden.

“ Huge borders are woven with swathes of swaying grasses and perennials ”

Gardeners' World Magazine

We are delighted to share news that our Dutch Barn has received a 2022 RIBA South East Award.

The project has been selected as the Winner of the RIBA South East Client of the Year Award 2022 & RIBA South East Small Project of the Year 2022 sponsored by Gaggenau @gaggenauofficial

Winner RIBA South East Awards.

Winner RIBA South East Awards.

Winner RIBA South East Awards.

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Photo by Richard Chilvers

Sussex Prairies is delighted to announce our annual opening of the garden from Wednesday  1st June until Sunday 16th October 2022, 1pm until 5pm , five days a week , closed Mondays* and Tuesdays (opening times may change for Special Events ).(we shall be open on Bank Holiday Monday  29th August 2022)

If you wish to visit the garden regularly, you may wish to buy one of our excellent value SEASON TICKETS, which will allow you entry as often as you like, without requiring you to pay each time you visit. NB – a Season ticket is just for this 2022 season !

The Teashop will operate as a kiosk serving Takeaway teas, coffee and homemade cakes and ice cream which you can enjoy throughout the garden.  There will be no sandwiches or savouries on offer. However,you are always  very welcome to bring picnics to enjoy in the garden and in our farm fields .

A stunning prairie in the heart of Sussex

Sussex Prairie garden opened to the public in 2009, just one year after planting. We count ourselves amongst a  handful of large new  gardens, designed and created in the 20th and 21st century, in Great Britain.

We are Britain’s largest “Prairie,” or “Naturalistic,” garden, with eight acres of stunning garden to roam around. Unlike most gardens of a comparable size, we have no castle or stately home! We designed and planted the garden ourselves, on Pauline’s family farm in West Sussex. Instead of armies of servants and gardeners, we planted all 35 000 plants with help of amazing friends and family!

Our garden encourages exploration using a network of small wood chip paths which snake through the huge borders. Come and visit, please do walk on the grass and in the borders! Sussex Prairies-an extraordinary garden created by ordinary people!

View of the garden from the barn

Art Exhibition – ‘Rooted’

The Sussex Prairie Gardens will be host to an arts exhibition. Entitled ‘Rooted’ the exhibition will feature outdoor sculptures by local and regional artists. The exhibition will run from 1st June through 16th October 2022.

The exhibiting artists include Rosalind Barker, Caroline Bugby, Sarah Cliff, Šárka Darton, Sally Eldars, Sue Evans, Paula Haughney, Ruth Heaton, Lester Korzilius, Jill Laudet, Chérie Lubbock, Hala Sabet, Katharine Rabson Stark, Karen Sturtivant, and Christopher Walker. Between them, their work has been exhibited throughout the UK, and is held in numerous public and private collections.

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Botanical Drawing – joyfully! with Amanda Duke

Botanical Drawing – joyfully! with Amanda Duke

Wednesday 29th June | 9:00am - 2:00pm

This 1 day course is suitable for beginners and improvers. Located in Sussex Prairie Garden makes it the perfect setting for a botanical drawing course. I will introduce you to step by step drawing basics designed to build your self-confidence in observation drawing.

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Botanical Stitch in a Circle – joyfully! with Amanda Duke

Botanical Stitch in a Circle – joyfully! with Amanda Duke

Thursday 30th June | 9:00am - 2:00pm

This 1-day course is suitable for beginners, improvers and for those who would like to create their very own designs simply and without fear. Collect garden plants, sketch, arrange, create a design and transfer to fabric before embellishing with simple running stitches.

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Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road (B2116),
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, West Sussex, BN5 9AT

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  1. RHS Partner Garden.
  2. Tourism South East Member 2018.
  4. Visit England Hidden Gem 2016.