Sussex Prairie Garden is now closed until Saturday 1st June 2024. Our normal opening hours from 1st June will be Wednesday to Sunday 1pm until 5pm , closed Mondays and Tuesdays . On Sunday 2nd June we shall be holding our Early Summer Plant fair (30 exhibitors plus !) opening time 12 noon until 5pm - lots of plant nurseries , refreshments and music !

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Events & Courses

Expressive Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle


Monday 10th August 2020 | 9:00am - 1:00pm

Expressive Soft Pastels with Clare Buckle

Pastel is a fabulous medium for working with expressive colour in a spontaneous and creative way. In this workshop, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Sussex Prairie Gardens, we will explore techniques for creating rich layers of colour. You will learn how to apply the pastel, make expressive marks and use inspiring colour combinations as well as how to select papers for your subject matter.

Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists.

Cost £55 includes materials and all-day access to the garden.

Contact or see for more information, or book online here.

About Clare Buckle

Clare studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in the late 1980s and worked as a freelance illustrator before focusing on her own work, creating works in pastel, mixed media and printmaking.

For many years Clare ran successful classes with Aspire adult education before setting up her own workshops across Mid Sussex.  She runs weekly and Saturday art workshops in a variety of media and her highly regarded classes have inspired many learners to rediscover their creativity.

Clare exhibits annually in the Brighton Open Houses and has exhibited at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne.  Her twin passions are landscape and nature, particularly birds, and in 2020 she featured in the Westmorland Landscape Prize exhibition in Cumbria and in the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London

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    1. Sussex Prairie Garden
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      Fraser BishopFraser Bishop
      10:50 11 Jul 22
      Wonderful garden well worth a visit. Great variety of plants showing so many ways of portraying a garden layout. Must comment on the great tea and cakes selection, our dog loved the doggy ice cream!
      Joan DaniellJoan Daniell
      15:13 06 Jul 22
      Beautifully planted area, in which you are encouraged to walk along paths between the plants so can be completely surrounded by foliage - a lovely effect.
      Peter WardPeter Ward
      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
      Mike CleggMike Clegg
      16:07 08 Jun 22
      Tea room not brilliant nice cake but coffee in paper cup. No other options other then tea coffee and cake. Opening times short 1 to 5 but gardens beautiful