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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Painting on Silk with artist Hilary Simon


Friday 9th October 2020 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Painting on Silk with artist Hilary Simon

This course in painting on silk, offers the opportunity to explore several techniques which can be applied to silk to create exciting effects – using gutta gum as a resist line, to draw the image, and the use of dyes, in building the layers.

The session begins with a comprehensive demonstration that explains the methods, and then the selection of approaches offered with dyes, salt effects, layering, and alcohol application, to create subtle results.

Drawing and building images on the silk can be done in figurative and abstract ways.

There are many approaches, and it is important to find the best way to achieve this for each individual.

It is suitable for all levels, and it is possible for everyone to create a stunning piece.

Sussex Prairies provides inspiration from their gardens, with the abundance of flowers that we can draw from, or participants can work from their own source of imagery.

A silk square will be the final piece with a small sample piece that we practise on.


No previous knowledge is needed, just the ability to relax and enjoy!

Enthusiasm and interest is the only requirement needed to succeed.



Hilary is an expert in the French technique of silk painting, with many of her designs published in greeting cards, book covers and posters. She has taught in art centres in Mexico, Guatemala, USA,Europe and all over the UK.

She is a textile curator and her exhibitions include ‘Made in Mexico‘ about the Mexican Rebozo, for the Fashion and Textile Museum, London in 2014,and ‘Weavers of the Clouds’ on Peruvian textiles in 2019


None, but bring your own inspiration to work from if you wish to.

Materials included in the course fee:

All dyes, pigments and gutta shared amongst the group.


Time of class- 9.00 am – 2.00 pm

Maximum number in the class 12


Contact  mobile: 07970903445

Website :

Facebook : Hilary Simon Art

Insta: hilary.simon



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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!
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      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.
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      08:40 28 Jun 22
      Beautiful garden, very relaxing, and bigger than you might think. Cafe is nice too
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      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